"Tristan" now feminine given name

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 23 20:20:39 UTC 2006

I see your point, Larry.  And for the boys, there's always been "Frankie and Johnny."

  A classic of brokebackitude.


Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: "Tristan" now feminine given name

> As you may remember from a few weeks back, trendsetters in this
>department were the parents of film actress "Tristen [sic] Skyler"
>(born in the ' 70s) and of sex columnist "Tristan Taormino"
>(probably another ' 70s baby - just guessing).
> I'm sure that "Tristan and Isolde" mean nothing to 99.9% of
>today's Americans.

You mean that legendary tale of spicy, illicit girl-on-girl action?
Of course everyone knows about that! (Actually, I saw a preview of a
new Hollywood movie of Tristan and Isolde, and strangely enough
Tristan was played by a guy. Those crazy Hollywood folks!)


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