"Ima Hogg" redux

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu May 31 14:40:39 UTC 2007

And I bet Mike didn't even know the Maximum Onset Principle!

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>Oh, and I used to know a Michael Hunt, who was _never_ called Mike. To his
>face, anyway.
>(the other) doug
>I remind colleagues again that one of the best reads in American
>onomastics is Thomas Pyles' "Bible Belt Onomastics" (Names 7 [June
>1959]: 84-200). There you will find parents much crueler than the
>Hoggs, Hoeres, and Hookers (e.g., the Days who named there daughter
>Pamela Gay; the Sweats, who named their daughter Alure; the
>Turnipseeds who named their daughter Etta, the Pickles who named
>their son Dill  (who became a pickle salesman); the Fails who named
>their son Never (who did not make it through high school), and on and
>>When I was a teenager, I once met a girl named "Emma Hoare." Now, I've
>>recently met "Anita Hooker."
>>Some parents are absolutely merciless.
>>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
>>come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>>                                                -Sam'l Clemens
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>Dennis R. Preston
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>preston at msu.edu
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
15C Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
preston at msu.edu

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