... What is an Aptonym?
According to linguist Frank Nuessel (see The Study of Names), an aptonym …
What is an Aptonym?
According to linguist Frank Nuessel (see The Study of Names), an aptonym is the term used for "people whose names and occupations or situations (e.g., workplace) have a close correspondence." The name "aptonym" is a compound word which consists of the adjective "apt" (from Latin via Middle English) meaning "exactly suitable, or appropriate". The second part of this word comes from the Greek "onuma" ('name').
The full alphabetical list of aptonyms is available via the menu bar at the left.
Some Actual Examples
Chad Hacker Jr
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... Smirk, Justin
Great name for Westpac Bank's senior economist is Justin **Smirk**. GJO explain…
Great name for Westpac Bank's senior economist is Justin **Smirk**. GJO explains, "I guess aptonym here is that one can imagine bankers smirking behind their customers' backs as they hope they don't realise that banks are in business for the benefit of their shareholders, NOT their retail customers."
An Australian Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster is Elly **Spark**. GJO says, "Watch out for lightning!!"
... My name is John Bagwell and I am an anesthesiologist. (JB)
... is Sheryle…
My name is John Bagwell and I am an anesthesiologist. (JB)
is Sheryle **Bagwell**. A great
Published in The Gazette, Montréal, Saturday, April 14, 2001: "Smiley Face designer dies" (Worcester, MA) Harvey R. Ball, inventor of the Smiley Face, died Thursday after a short illness. He was 79. Ball, who co-owned and advertising and public-relation firm in Worcester, designed the Smiley Face in 1963 to boost the morale of workers in two recently merged insurance companies. Ball was paid $45 for his artwork by State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of America —now Allamerica—in 1963. He never applied for a trademark or copyright. At his peak of popularity in 1971, more than 50 million Smiley Faces buttons where sold. In 1999, the U.S. Postal Services issued a smiley Face stamp. See http://elouai.com/smiley-history.php (AB)
Spotted by eagle-eyed TB in Sydney, Australia: a greengrocer's called Brown's Greens; also Fry's Meats in Adelaide.
John Bullock is the spokesman
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Peter Burns is former CEO of ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency): http://www.arpansa.gov.au/search/search.cfm?collection=agencies&profile=arpansa&query=Peter+Burns&p=1&x=0&y=0