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

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 17 00:05:12 UTC 2016


There is also, from Korean cuisine, the "signature" (Wikipedia) bibimbop (although I think usually anglicized "bibimbap").

But perhaps these parents want their baby girl to grow up and be called a "dish".  


Joel

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My colleague Betty Birner informs me off-list of the existence of Baby Bop, who we learn at 

http://barney.wikia.com/wiki/Baby_Bop

is "a minor character in the Backyard Gang video series and a main character in the Barney & Friends television show. She is a bright green triceratops, and also one of Barney's best friends."  She is pictured at the site linked above. Whether she is a good role model will have to be left to the judgment of others.  

LH


 

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> On Mar 16, 2016, at 3:18 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> 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
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> On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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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.
>> 
>> Even in my university linguistics courses, the name of the great German
>> philologist Franz Bopp elicited laughter as soon as it was mentioned.
>> 
>> 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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>>>> 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
>>> shortenin=
>>> 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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