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Postby Craig S. Cottingham » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:31 pm

rockgolf wrote:Is there an opposite of aptonyms? Inaptonyms?


It occurred to me yesterday that "Krankheit" is German for "sickness".
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Postby rockgolf » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:21 am

That (vaguely) reminds me about a story on Walter Cronkite in WWII. I forget most of the details but it ended up that Cronkite went missing after D-Day and a number of his fellow newsmen were looking for him, wandering thru a European forest shouting "Cronkite! Cronkite!". Apparently this chased away a number of German soldiers who assumed there was some communicable disease.

Wish I could remember more.
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Postby Bill » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:09 pm

Congratulations to Usain Bolt!
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Postby jbenz » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:57 pm

Of the more recent additions to the list of popular aptronyms, Usain Bolt and Bernie Madoff are my favorites.
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Postby skullturfq » Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:39 pm

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Postby Ken Jennings » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:08 pm

There's also an "athlete" in the equestrian events appropriately named "Rich Fellers."
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Postby bwouns » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:04 pm

Ken Jennings wrote:There's also an "athlete" in the equestrian events appropriately named "Rich Fellers."


This reminds me of this news item from the last election.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010 ... chines.php
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Postby Momma Snider » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:41 am

There was a family in my town years ago who owned a hamburger stand. Their last name was Maltzberger.
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Re: Aptonyms

Postby bwouns » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:17 pm

Check this out:

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It turns out that the first gay marriage in Washington state is likely to be performed by Judge Mary Yu. As someone said in the comments, that's almost as good as Loving v. Virginia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_vs._Virginia
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Re: Aptonyms

Postby Bill » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:37 am

I've lately become a fan of the LGBT-themed work of YouTube star Randy Rainbow.
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