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nomen et omen

How many different ways of saying someone has an apt name are there? Wikipedia plumps for Nominative Determinism but goes on to say:

“Synonyms and/or related concepts include aptronym, apronym, aptonym, jobonymns, namephreaks, onomastic determinism, Perfect Fit Last Names (PFLNs), psychonymics, and classically nomen est omen or όνομα ορίζοντας. ND researchers are comiconomenclaturists.”

And that list isn’t particularly exhaustive, missing out on Tom Stoppard’s “cognomen syndrome”for one.

Written by Karen

June 6th, 2008 at 10:23 am

Posted in words