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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
MEANING:noun: Divination by the letters of a name.
ETYMOLOGY:From Greek onoma- (name) + -mancy (divination). Earliest recorded use: 1603.
NOTES:Some parents name their children after careful consideration of onomancy to ensure the best possible future for them. Some people alter the spelling of their names or adopt a new name in an effort to bring good fortune. Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote a short story, "Spell My Name with an S", with this theme. The story was inspired by his frustration in having to ask people to spell his name (pronounced AZ-uh-mof) correctly.
USAGE:"Kaplan and Bernays taught me all sorts of unexpected things about my name. They inspired me to try my hand at alphanumeric onomancy, in which the letters of a name are assigned numerical value, then added up to reveal occult facts about its owner."
Adam Goodheart; Naming Names: An Appellation Spring; The Washington Post; Feb 3, 1997.
See more usage examples of onomancy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters. -Ross Macdonald, novelist (1915-1983)
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