Wednesday, 25 March 2009

What's in a name?

Earlier in the week I wrote about our bathroom at home when I was a girl. I stated that the toilet was invented by Thomas Crapper. I was, in fact, wrong!!! ~(Never?)~ Thomas Crapper actually invented the ball-cock and the syphoning system which is used to flush the toilet. This led to finding an article about people whose names reflect the job they do and whether we are influenced in our choice of careers by our given name. You can read the article here. The theory is called Nominative Determinism. Names originally derived from our trades - so historically you get Smith (from blacksmith) Wright (from wheelwright) and so on.

My name is Wood - so perhaps I should be a joiner!!! Here's some other suggestions and examples......"Dick"(!), "Splatt and Weedon" - 2 Doctors who wrote about incontinence in the British Journal of Medicine (I kid you not), a gynaecologist called Dr. Beaver (honestly), Mr. Bun the Baker.......(sorry) and then the infamous Mr Scheister who is a lawyer!!!

Personally I would like to meet Mr. Pex, Mr. Large, and of course my favourite Mr. Wypmitileyeblede. (Say it quickly) :)


2 comments:

  1. But Wood is not your maiden name so that does not count.

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  2. But Wood is not your maiden name so that does not count.

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