Friday, April 28, 2006


Slate's Timothy Noah welcomes Tony Snow to his Aptronym Yellow Pages, which lists people whose professions mirror their names.

It's not the first time I've read a reference to a White House snow job, but I think this aptronym's a stretch. (If he worked behind a plow or was a professional skier, OK.) Noah does list some better ones, including:

Joey Goodspeed, former running back
Harry Beaver, retired gynecologist
Les Plack, dentist
Cardinal Sin, appointed at Santa Maria ai Monti in 1976

My doctor once recommended a dermatologist by the name of John Cheek, which gave me a few chuckles.

You can find more aptronyms at Wikipedia.


At 6:23 PM, April 30, 2006, Anonymous Lisa said...

The chairman and CEO of the Morrison Milling Company in Denton, Texas, best known for its prepackaged baking mixes Pan-Kits, Corn-Kits and Bis-Kits, is named Harry Crumpacker.

At 11:03 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger phreaddy said...

I used to be a reporter in Newport, Vt. The two doctors and nurse-practitioner of the local ob-gyn practice were named Peck, Hole, and Payne.

At 10:29 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

Aptonyms are a recurring topic in an addictive weekly chat hosted by The Post's Gene Weingarten, the man who discovered Dave Barry.

At 10:31 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

That didn't work so well. Just go here and select Weingarten from the drop-down box:

At 10:48 PM, May 02, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

Or click here for the Weingarten stuff.

The original Slate column gave a shout-out to Weingarten, which I failed to mention.

At 4:49 PM, December 12, 2006, Anonymous Bill Cash said...

For years, until he died, my grandmother used to go to Dr. Hurt.


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