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Nominative determinism

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Lucca Fri 31-Jul-20 06:56:05

How nice to read that the new president of the RHS is called a Keith Weed

Lucca Fri 31-Jul-20 06:58:09

Some more...

Glorybee Fri 31-Jul-20 07:28:06

Yes, I saw the title ‘Weed shoots to top of gardening world’ in this mornings Times. I read it expecting to discover a plant once considered a weed had changed status and was now something to be desired in gardens!

Oopsadaisy3 Fri 31-Jul-20 07:28:46

We knew 2 Doctors, I was called Dr.Hacker and the other one was Dr.Death although he had put a comma into his name- Dr De’ath. Not sure it helped though.

Lucca Fri 31-Jul-20 07:40:45

When I was a child our doctors surgery had doctors Hird, Gass and Basham. I kid you not.

We had a teacher where I worked whose nAme was so appropriate that parents didn’t believe their children when told. I can’t say it as it would be a giveaway

grannysyb Fri 31-Jul-20 08:47:59

My DH once saw a urologist called "Mr Dick!"

BlueSky Fri 31-Jul-20 09:22:37

Grannysyb gringrin
Yes we all knew what 'Nominative determinism' meant! You learn something new everyday!

Oldwoman70 Fri 31-Jul-20 11:21:34

I used to have a dentist called Mr. Tingle!

Lucca Sat 19-Jun-21 08:18:30

And more

olddudders Sat 19-Jun-21 08:31:49

grannysyb

My DH once saw a urologist called "Mr Dick!"

As an unabashed lifelong nameist, I greatly enjoyed seeing the political posters for one local election candidate. He was called Dick Bond, which sounded like a special substance they might keep in the cupboard in A&E!

And, by the same puerile token, while I greatly regret the present turmoil in Ulster politics, I feel `I would have some difficulty in voting for someone called Edwin Poots.....

Ashcombe Sat 19-Jun-21 08:39:45

Some years ago, three ladies with surnames Hassall, Bottom and Mallet ran a Junior Choir. Members delighted in saying, “If we give them any Hassall, we might be hit on the Bottom with a Mallet!”

Caleo Sat 19-Jun-21 09:21:07

Two prominent Scottish politicians are noble fish, Salmond and Sturgeon.

Witzend Sat 19-Jun-21 11:58:13

OK, it’s fiction, but I’ve always liked Anthony Trollope’s names for various firms - Messrs. Slow and Bideawhile (solicitors - plus ca change!) and Sugarscraps and Stewem for a firm of overpriced caterers.
I dare say there are others I’ve forgotten.

MawBe Sat 19-Jun-21 12:00:46

I know it’s fiction too, but I always like Private Eye’s firm of solicitors,Sue, Grabbit and Run

MawBe Sat 19-Jun-21 12:01:47

Witzend

OK, it’s fiction, but I’ve always liked Anthony Trollope’s names for various firms - Messrs. Slow and Bideawhile (solicitors - plus ca change!) and Sugarscraps and Stewem for a firm of overpriced caterers.
I dare say there are others I’ve forgotten.

Oh and the clergyman with an incredible number of children the Rev Mr Quiverfull!

Chewbacca Sat 19-Jun-21 12:06:32

We've got a hardware shop in town owned by Thomas Nutt & Son.

Severnsider Sat 19-Jun-21 12:17:00

A work colleague of mine was called Michael Mouse.

Tizliz Sat 19-Jun-21 12:28:23

We had a friend whose surname was Duck, father was Donald. He was not amused when stopped by the police and they didn’t believe him

Oldwoman70 Sat 19-Jun-21 12:44:08

Apparently there is an Estate Agents called Doolittle and Dalley - remembering past experience with agents I think it is very apt!

3nanny6 Sat 19-Jun-21 12:52:14

Somehow when I heard the name of the N.Ireland minister
several weeks ago a Mr. Edwin Poots I thought to myself
what a name. Obviously he did not go down to well and he resigned or was voted out yesterday.

There used to be a lovely kind hearted lady that worked for the R.S.P.C.A. she was called Mrs Pratt. (oh dear)

geekesse Sat 19-Jun-21 13:12:27

The registrar at the sexual diseases clinic many years ago was called Dr Kinghorn.

Ashcombe Sat 19-Jun-21 13:18:13

A colleague with the surname Pratt had a first name beginning with A.........!

BeverleyJB Sat 19-Jun-21 13:19:35

I had a client once whose name was Mr Hanger and his father was called Cliff. Fortunately, he wasn't a mountaineer wink.

fairfraise Sat 19-Jun-21 13:52:23

We once knew a plumber called Mr Puddle who married a Miss Waters and a joiner named Mr Boughtwood.

Soroptimum Sat 19-Jun-21 13:56:07

We had a consultant at the local hospital called Mr D Kay….