"Tristan" now feminine given name

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Feb 24 17:29:47 UTC 2006

Am getting the uneasy feeling that Jerry Falwell's "Adam and Steve" were a real possibility....


"Mullins, Bill AMRDEC" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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> And of course "Beverly" was commonly a male name in Britain,
> though rarely here now (or there?). I still get letters of
> inquiry from foreign student applicants who address me as Mr. or Sir.

Nashville, TN's mayor during the 1960s was Beverly Briley. Briley
Parkway in the city is named for him.

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