[Ads-l] new unisex names

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat May 9 02:35:44 UTC 2015


Some old friends just sent me an e-mail with a photo of, and video about, their new grandson--Echo.   

LH

P.S  At least Zacharia (and maybe Methusela if you spell it that way) looks like a feminine name.


> On May 8, 2015, at 6:41 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Watch for infant girls named:
> 
> Obadiah
> Jeremiah
> Zacharia
> Zebulon
> Meschach
> Methuselah
> 
> 
> JL
> 
> On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>> Poster:       W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM>
>> Subject:      Re: new unisex names
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>> m   >   m ~ f   >   f
>> Idionymic gender shift.
>> Formerly analyzed as penis-envy.
>> Now known to be a transgender phenomenon.
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