suggestive names

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jun 12 18:08:35 UTC 2006

On 6/12/06, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC <Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
> In the last couple of seasons of the TV show St. Elsewhere, the
> character played by William Daniels (Dr. Mark Craig) was writing a novel
> about the Lingus family.  Once or twice he mentioned their daughter,
> Constance, but never filled out the joke by saying "Connie Lingus".  It
> was always left unsaid.

And then there's the infamous "Colonel Angus" sketch on Saturday Night Live...

--Ben Zimmer

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