Aptonymy

David Byron

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8 Responses

  1. Craig says:

    Maybe they should have just called it Victims…

  2. barry says:

    I don't get it. Did Scott go to school with a kid named Ralph who was a notoriously bad cook or something?

  3. AlphaCentauri says:

    @barry, at least where I grew up, "ralph" referred to vomit.

  4. barry says:

    @AlphaCentauri
    Aha, thanks. I get it now. That's unfortunate (and nothing to do with Ralph Waldo Emerson's boiled rabbit recipe).

  5. David says:

    The missing factor: Ralphs is a supermarket chain in southern California, a place to which he and Ken and I (and maybe some o' y'all) have ties.

  6. Marzipan says:

    Or an electronics store named Fry's. I've had lots of bad luck with hardware bought there, and a couple of cards have actually fried.

  7. AlphaCentauri says:

    How about a study of radical mastectomy by Dr. Butcher?
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1387713/

  8. Epobirs says:

    In the 80s there was an OB/GYN in Ventura County named Martha Beaver. We came across her listing in the PPO directory when our company first got insurance. The question we never got an answer for was whether she was born with that name or married it.

    Ralphs supermarkets are pretty dominant in my area, so it took me a while to recall the verb form of ralph.