[Ads-l] RES: Bop as a girls name

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 16 19:18:28 UTC 2016


I guess no one here would allow someone to name their child Richard...

I am surprised no one here knows that Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" is about
female masturbation.

DanG

On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Professor Cohen is entirely correct.
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> There is something about the word "bop" that many English speakers find
> inherently ridiculous.  It usually means to strike someone (as on the head
> or in the nose), and mostly appears in humorous contexts, as in cartoons.
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> Even in my university linguistics courses, the name of the great German
> philologist Franz Bopp elicited laughter as soon as it was mentioned.
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> So "Bop," I believe, would be a poor choice as a forename for anybody in
> the English-speaking world.
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> JL
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> On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:19 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
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> > > Poster:       Christopher Philippo <toff at MAC.COM>
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> > > [on the 16th]
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> > > The word bop is probably best known as a synonym for hit or punch, I
> > woul=
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> > > think.  It shows up in that sense in the song for children ...
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> > surely the word is also well known as a shortening (of "bebop", a
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> > g attested from the 1940s)  with uses as a noun (bop music), verb (just
> > bop=
> > ping along), nonsense syllable (Be-Bop-A-Lula), and the stem in "bopper"
> > (a=
> > s in the Big Bopper).
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> > NOAD2 has both senses.
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