Funny Thing about Names: An Entertaining Look at Naming in America

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iUniverse, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 168 pages
"A town called Hell, which freezes over. A mollusk raised to college mascot. A brand of bubble gum named for a musical instrument. Wegryn visits all these examples and more in his humorous investigation of naming practices. For a popular overview of the field, Funny Thing About Names delivers its message with wit and style."-Christine De Vinne, American Name Society President.Ask yourself this
What is the most popular street name?
Who was Benedict Arnold's infamous brother?
What is the oldest sports team nickname?
What famous university once was named Chatholepistemaid?
Why did Boris Karloff change his name?
Why didn't Arnold Schwarzenegger?Funny Thing About Names answers these questions and many more as it delves into the wide world of names.Bases upon ten years of research, this amusing account examines how and why we label people, places and businesses in America. It will delight the trivia buff, intrigue the reader interested in onomastics (the study of names), and put a smile on both.
 

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Contents

Place Names
17
Team Names
36
Last Names
53
Street Names
72
Name as Identity
88
2 Names are the label of roles in life
99
Strong Weak Names
103
1 The Wegryn Principle
114
Miscellaneous Names
118
PostscriptWhat is a Name?
135
1 Synonyms for name nomonyms
136
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