[Ads-l] Bop as a girls name

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Mar 16 17:35:19 UTC 2016


> On Mar 16, 2016, at 1:02 PM, Christopher Philippo <toff at MAC.COM> wrote:
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> I’ve seen Bopp as a surname occasionally

and for linguists, most memorably (with a double pp, as the writer indicated was under consideration) for the great Indo-Europeanist of that surname (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Bopp).

> , but have never heard of Bop as a first name.
> 
> The word bop is probably best known as a synonym for hit or punch, I would think.  It shows up in that sense in the song for children Little Bunny Foo Foo and in the names of a number of toys that involve hitting something:
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> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.amazon.com_s_ref-3Dnb-5Fsb-5Fnoss-5F2-3Furl-3Dsearch-2Dalias-253Dtoys-2Dand-2Dgames-26field-2Dkeywords-3Dbop&d=AwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Ox9zbig_MDv1H5T4_4_9mAtBxRp7ZGdJARmiJIsIqg4&s=Y6JsjHlYqNtXFCHybqjXB_aTrwnliUoW51QB2K_uoyo&e= 
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> The punk rock group The Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop is still pretty well known, I think: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3DldjLRuU1OY8&d=AwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=Ox9zbig_MDv1H5T4_4_9mAtBxRp7ZGdJARmiJIsIqg4&s=pd4Eh8FvDS0r5SSgHimkuDjp51MITVxAwHgiN64DAds&e=   I am not sure if it means hit there, or bop as a type of music or dance, or all of those.
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> I live in New York so that might explain my not knowing the meaning mentioned, but you might want to look up the Cyndi Lauper song She Bop.  I am not sure how well known that meaning is.
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There's also the perennial musical question as to who put the Bop in the Bop She Bop She Bop.


LH

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