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A person's name that is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation:‘he began collecting aptronyms when he saw an ad for a flower shop operated by Flora Gardner’‘while Maryland lacks a ‘Judge Judge’, there are many attorneys here with aptonyms’
- ‘A reporter at the Wall Street Journal did a piece on aptonyms recently and noted that in a 2002 academic paper researchers found that people were more likely to choose professions with names that are similar to their own first names.’
- ‘In the old days, aptonyms weren't coincidences; they were professional labels.’
- ‘I used to collect aptonyms if I saw an interesting one in print.’
- ‘I know how much you like aptonyms, so I just thought I'd pass on that my company has a smart grid expert named Ken Van Meter.’
- ‘Here's an amusing list of medical aptronyms, where you can read about Dr. Aikenhead (allergist), Dr. Yankum (dentist) and Dr. Ow (pain management.)’
- ‘Dickens, too, stoops to more than one aptonym: the Cherybul brothers are cheery and Peddle and Pool are solicitors.’
- ‘By golly, I've found yet another brilliant aptonym - this time in the world of wine and food blogging.’
- ‘My lifetime personal best aptonym was the medical director of Seattle Children's Hospital when I was in pediatric training there.’
- ‘Some people pay attention to aptonyms because they appear to provide evidence that a person's name may indicate a person's professional destiny.’
- ‘For the third summer in a row, we are profiling our local aptonyms.’
- ‘Had John Eglinton been an onomastician, he might have noted that Stephen's surname was an aptonym.’
1920s: from apt + -onym, probably on the pattern of patronym.
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