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aptronym (AP-troh-NIM) noun

A name that is especially suited to the profession of its owner.

Examples: Dan Druff for a barber, Felicity Foote for a dance teacher, and James Bugg for an exterminator -- all real monikers. More famously, we have William Wordsworth, the poet; Margaret Court, the tennis champion; Sally Ride, the astronaut; Larry Speakes, the White House spokesperson, Jim Kiick, the football star; and Lorena Bobbitt ("bob it") the you-know-what-er.

This week's theme: Naming the nyms, by Richard Lederer.


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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