Fwd: Re: Pet Names

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sat Apr 20 23:39:46 UTC 2002

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>Date:         Sat, 20 Apr 2002 18:33:17 -0400
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>From: Mark A Mandel <mam at THEWORLD.COM>
>Subject:      Re: Pet Names
>Comments: To: Marc Picard <picard at vax2.concordia.ca>
>X-OriginalArrivalTime: 20 Apr 2002 23:00:25.0587 (UTC)
>         [Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney]
>         [URLs snipped]
>#> The most popular dog name in North America is Sam, Sammie or Samantha
>#> (which means "listener").
>         [Marc Picard]
>#If Samuel means 'name of God', how can Samantha, from which it's derived,
>#possibly mean 'listener'?
>Are you sure that Samantha is derived from Samuel? This source seems to
>think so, but they're apparently conflating two (or more) names that
>share a first syllable and short form. This would not be the first time
>that a popular list of names has been wrong about name meaning or
>-- Mark A. Mandel
>    Linguist at Large

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