It's Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., and many of you are still laboring instead of relaxing—checking your email or voicemail, or working on a project. So here's a little word fun to give you a short respite from the new world of work.
Aptronyms are personal names that reflect a person's occupation. For example, I knew a woman in advertising, whose husband was in sales. Their family name is Liebig. Or, the Buffalo NY funeral home run by the Amigone family. Here's an amusing list of medical aptronyms, where you can read about Dr. Aikenhead (allergist), Dr. Yankum (dentist) and Dr. Ow (pain management.)
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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