Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Another aptronym?

Yesterday, somone pointed out a possible aptronym in an email. These are names that particularly fit their owners and Nancy Friedman has talked about them some here (and see the Freakonomics contest if you like the notion). The wikipedia entry includes examples like these:
  • Margaret Court, tennis player
  • Alicia Keys, musician (pianist)
  • Bill Medley, singer, one half of The Righteous Brothers
  • Chris Moneymaker, winner of 2003 World Series of Poker
  • Anna Smashnova, tennis player
  • Lake Speed, former Nascar driver
Better is the one found by following the links above, Paige Worthy, editor at Good magazine.

Just heard a new suggestion for one on the radio: General Petraeus read as Betray us.


Monica said...

Cool, a word for that. My favorite aptronym is Prince Fielder - son of the famous Cecil Fielder of course - both baseball players (infielders, not out).

Anonymous said...

Keith Olbermann just had a crawl saying:

Petraeus, or Delay us?