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#5475 - 08/20/00 11:33 AM If the name fits...  
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An idea from postings in another thread (the right thing to say):

What are the best examples people have come across of names that fit - or don't fit! - their owners' professions.

I used to live near a funeral directors which was called 'Wake and Paine'.

I knew a salesman called Cheatham and a lawyer called De Sevo.


#5476 - 08/20/00 11:43 AM Re: If the name fits...  
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Dr. Beavers, gynecologist


#5477 - 08/20/00 12:06 PM Re: If the name fits...  
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>Dr. Beavers, gynecologist<

VERY American, Jackie - I had to think about it before I understood it!
...and what's that you're always saying about people taking threads in the direction of the gutter?


#5478 - 08/20/00 12:28 PM Re: If the name fits...  
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#5479 - 08/20/00 09:56 PM Re: If the name fits...  
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>What are the best examples people have come across of names that fit - or don't fit! - their owners' professions.

While not exactly on point, when I was a kid growing up in Northern Virginia, there were two brothers with last name Murphy, one was an OB-GYN, the other a mortician. Though at that time the doctor could not advertise, many people knew that their preferred slogan was "From the womb to the tomb with the Murphy brothers."

A fired of mine who went to UNC law school a few years before my wife went there swore that there was a trio of law students trying to find a fourth with a particular name so they could form the law firm: Finder, Binder, Raper and Lever. I suspect it was the third they couldn't find.



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#5480 - 08/21/00 08:34 AM Re: If the name fits...  
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Which reminds me of the possibly apocryphal headline after someone who had escaped from a mental institution raped some laundry workers:

Nut screws washers and bolts.

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#5481 - 08/22/00 11:55 AM Re: If the name fits...  
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>>Nut screws washers and bolts.

Ohmigawd! Oh, how funny! Multiple, munificent
kudos to you! My feet love this gutter!



#5482 - 08/22/00 11:42 PM Re: If the name fits...  
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On the little railroad my kid loves to ride the conductor is John Silvers.



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#5483 - 08/23/00 09:15 PM Re: If the name fits...  
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I would cite Thomas Crapper, inventor of the flush toilet, as an example, but the euphemism for defecation came from his name. . .


#5484 - 08/23/00 10:31 PM Re: what crap  
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today we would call these urban legends; linguists call them folk etymologies.

http://www.plumbingworld.com/historythomas.html
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