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Re: (OT) Re: Anthroponymy (was Re: Re: Laadan)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, December 16, 2002, 18:47
Roger Mills scripsit:

> A while back someone mentioned that when the Dutch were officially required > to adopt surnames (Napoleonic era?), a lot of people, either out of spite or > mere whimsy, took such "funny" names. In that regard, and speaking of cows, > my new neighbor, whose name is Bont, recently explained that it was > shortened from Bontekoe "Spotted Cow". (That would be Dutch, not Native > American)
In Austria-Hungary, when Jews were compelled to take surnames, they sometimes had to bribe the officials to get good ones, and poor people were stuck with the losers: hence the joke about the fellow who got the name "Schweisshund". "What, you didn't pay enough?" "You have no idea how much I had to pay for just the 'w'!" -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> "Any legal document draws most of its meaning from context. A telegram that says 'SELL HUNDRED THOUSAND SHARES IBM SHORT' (only 190 bits in 5-bit Baudot code plus appropriate headers) is as good a legal document as any, even sans digital signature." --me