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  • 1 I think my surname qualifies as an aptonym, after all the marking of homework, tests and exams I’ve done.
    2 My mother used to go to a dentist called Mr. Pullam.
    3 On the radio here in Poland this morning there was a police spokesman talking about the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. His surname was Mogiła (= grave (noun)).
    4 Where does the r come from in the alternative name ‘aptronym’?
    5 And why is aptonymy restricted to jobs? What about other kinds of aptness – Smart (as Catharine has suggested), Beard, Gray, Hill, Hood, Goodman, Winter, Underhill …..?

  • Ah, but Liz Potter will probably grow into her name, and just potter around all day – a luxurious idleness that we retired oldies are tottering towards. But Liz has a way to go before she’ll be old enough to consider this attractive career option. . .

  • From BBC homepage 2 July 2012 A Scottish nutritionist has teamed up with an entrepreneur to produce what they claim are the first nutritionally balanced pizzas.

    The pizzas are said to contain 30% of an adult’s guideline daily amount of vitamins and minerals.

    They are also said to have a third of the recommended amount of calories, protein and carbohydrate.

    The pizzas were created by Mike Lean, of Glasgow University, and businessman Donnie Maclean.

  • There’s an amusing article in today’s Guardian Mind Your Language blog on the possible influence of Olympic athletes’ names on their sporting performance: “Bolt, Trott and Spearmon: did Olympic athletes’ names make them greater? Stamper did well in the taekwondo, but Hammer the cyclist and Mallet the swimmer clearly entered the wrong events” http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mind-your-language/2012/aug/17/mind-your-language-olympics-usain-bolt