‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ — William Wordsworth
He may have famously penned a poem about daffodils and waxed lyrical about wandering ‘lonely as a cloud’, but William Wordsworth was definitely not alone in one thing.
Something that made him stand out from the crowd.
Yep. His name was an aptronym.
An aptronym is a word that can be applied to someone’s name when it’s considered ‘humorously’ fitting for their particular occupation (which is not as uncommon as you might think).
Here are 10 other examples:
1. Sara Blizzard, British meteorologist and weather presenter
2. Usain Bolt, Jamaican world record sprinter
3. Russell Brain, 1st Baron Brain, neurologist
4. Christopher Coke, cocaine trafficker
5. Thomas Crapper, sanitary engineer
6. Stuart Fell, stunt co-ordinator
7. William Headline, CNN bureau chief
8. Francine Prose, American novelist
9. Justin Tune, Chorister, Princeton University
10. Mr Turner-Heaton, English plumber
Funnily enough, there is a word for when someone has a name that is ironic rather than amusingly descriptive of their job. It’s called an ‘inaptronym’.
This is nicely illustrated by Frank Beard, the ZZ Top drummer who is the only member of the band without a beard!
So, do you know anyone with a good aptronym (or inaptronym)? ⤵️⤵️⤵️
Originally published at https://eleanorgoold.com on July 26, 2019.