"Upset" & other nomenological phenomena

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Nov 20 15:54:51 UTC 2002

This discussion has drifted away from the true meaning of the Shandy-Lack Theory.  Rather than names that have become ill-omened because of shame incurred by a previous holder of the name, we should be we should be discussing people who became baseball players because they were named Poppup or linguists because they were named Particple.  A few more positive examples of the Theory in action, and it can be elevated to a Law, just as the example of Upset elevated it from an Hypothesis to a Theory.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African
Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.

----- Original Message -----
From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 7:43 pm
Subject: Re: "Upset" & other nomenological phenomena

> >Biblical names are presumably fair game, but who names his son
> "Goliath"?>Or "Judas"? Or "Onan"?
> >
> Actually, more seriously than Onan, it could be remarked that while
> "Judas", the Greek version of the name, is (mostly) blocked by the
> taboo avoidance we've been discussing, the Hebrew version Judah is
> still alive and well.  (At least I assume these are the same
> name--that's usually the way it works.)
> L

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