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What’s in a Name?


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Back in 2001 before I had my blog and was doing everything through e-mail, my readers and I did an "interactive iv" on one particular theme. I had heard several puns along the line, "So I said to the librarian, "Paige, ...." and "So I said to the accountant, "Bill, ...." Giving a couple of those as fodder, I opened it up to my readers to send me similar puns where a person's job and name were closely related. They could be real or imaginary people. Well, my readers came through big time and by e-mail I accumulated a list of about 170 different puns!

I shared them with my ivman mailing list at that time, and now, 10 years later, I'm posting them to my blog. As I added the puns to the list, I tried to be judicious in my selection. I received far more submissions than the ones I included. I chose only those that are actual jobs (and not just hobbies) and those where the name is either what the worker actually does or the name has a very strong (or fairly obvious) connection to the actual job. But even then, I've probably left some on the list that are still a bit of a "stretch." Enjoy! (or not....) 🙂

So I said to the nun, "Abby, ...."
So I said to the stunt pilot, "Ariel, ...."
So I said to the museum curator, "Art, ...."
So I said to the chimney sweep, "Ash, ...."
So I said to the grave-digger, "Barry, ...."
So I said to the archer, "Beau, ...."
So I said to the carillon player, "Belle, ...."
So I said to the fireman, "Bernie, ...."
So I said to the accountant, "Bill, ...."
So I said to the goat herder, "Billy, ...."
So I said to the audio technician, "Blair, ...."
So I said to the canning factory worker, "Blanche, ...."
So I said to the cowhand, "Brandon, ...."
So I said to the lifeguard, "Bob, ...."
So I said to the horse trainer, "Buck, ...."
So I said to the horticulturist, "Bud, ...."
So I said to the demolitionist, "Buster, ...."
So I said to the barber, "Butch, ...."
So I said to the beekeeper, "Buzz, ...."
So I said to the sugar manufacturer, "Cain, ...."
So I said to the confectioner, "Candy, ...."
So I said to the choir member, "Carol, ...."
So I said to the bellhop, "Cary, ...."
So I said to the astronomer, "Celeste, ...."
So I said to the computer technician, "Chip, ...."
So I said to the potter, "Clay, ...."
So I said to the pro football player, "Cletus, ...."
So I said to the judge, "Coart, ...."
So I said to the tennis pro, "Coart, ...."
So I said to the miner, "Cole, ...."
So I said to the horse rancher, "Colt, ...."
So I said to the baker, "Cookie, ...."
So I said to the glassware sales lady, "Crystal, ...."
So I said to the flower gardener, "Daisy, ...."
So I said to the night-shift worker, "Dawn, ...."
So I said to the college administrator, "Dean, ...."
So I said to the phonics teacher, "Dee, ...."
So I said to the oil baron, "Derek, ...."
So I said to the librarian, "Dewey, ...."
So I said to the archaeologist, "Dino, ...."
So I said to the toy store clerk, "Dolly, ...."
So I said to the man putting on the Santa suit, "Don, ...."
So I said to the former backhoe operator, "Doug, ...."
So I said to the retired artist, "Drew, ...."
So I said to the donut shop worker, "Duncan, ...."
So I said to the janitor, "Dustin, ...."
So I said to the aerobics instructor, "Eileen, ...."
So I said to the glue factory worker, "Elmer, ...."
So I said to the preacher's wife, "Faith, ...."
So I said to the crisis center counselor, "Hope, ...."
So I said to the soup kitchen volunteer, "Charity, ...."
So I said to the apple farmer, "Cory, .... "
So I said to the greenhouse attendant, "Fern, ...."
So I said to the gymnast, "Flip, ...."
So I said to the river guide, "Flo, ...."
So I said to the dentist, "Flossie, ...."
So I said to the ranger, "Forrest, ...."
So I said to the French accountant, "Frank, ...."
So I said to the hot-dog vendor, "Frank, ...."
So I said to the repairman, "Fritz, .... "
So I said to the meteorologist, "Gail, ...."
So I said to the bioengineer, "Gene, ...."
So I said to the fisherman, "Gil, ...."
So I said to the nature poet, "Glen, .... "
So I said to the Caterpillar operator, "Grady, ...."
So I said to the cracker manufacturer, "Graham, ...."
So I said to the loan officer, "Grant, ...."
So I said to the shorthand teacher, "Greg, ...."
So I said to the massage therapist, "Hans, ...."
So I said to the motorcycle salesman, "Harley, ...."
So I said to the barber, "Harry, ...."
So I said to the vegetable gardener, "Herb, ...."
So I said to the baseball player, "Homer, ...."
So I said to the lumberjack, "Hugh, ...."
So I said to the painter, "Hugh, ...."
So I said to the safari leader, "Hunter, ...."
So I said to the optometrist, "Iris, ...."
So I said to the phone repairman, "Jack, ...."
So I said to the tow-truck driver, "Jack, ...."
So I said to the denim manufacturer, "Jean, ...."
So I said to the diamond cutter, "Jewel, ...."
So I said to the basketball coach, "Jim, ...."
So I said to the locksmith, "Jimmy, ...."
So I said to the plumber, "John, ...."
So I said to the comedian, "Josh, ...."
So I said to the chef, "Julian, ...."
So I said to the genealogist, "Ken, ...."
So I said to the vet, "Kitty, ...."
So I said to the seamstress, "Lacey, ...."
So I said to the surgeon, "Lance, ...."
So I said to the sailor, "Lee, ...."
So I said to the botanist, "Leif, ...."
So I said to the lion tamer, "Leo, ...."
So I said to the dietitian, "Les, ...."
So I said to the clothing salesman, "Levi, ...."
So I said to the horticulturist, "Lillie, ...."
So I said to the operatic soprano with laryngitis, "Lola, .... "
So I said to the truck driver, "Mack, ...."
So I said to the editor, "Mark, ...."
So I said to the sailor, "Marina, ...."
So I said to the J.P. (Justice of the Peace), "Mary, ...."
So I said to the rug maker, "Matt, ...."
So I said to the wrestler, "Matt, ...."
So I said to the peach farmer, "Melba, ...."
So I said to the singer, "Melody, ...."
So I said to the radio announcer, "Mike, ...."
So I said to the runner, "Miles, ...."
So I said to the singer, "Mimi, ...."
So I said to the weather forecaster, "Misty, ...."
So I said to the grounds keeper, "Moe, .... "
So I said to the coroner, "Mort, ...."
So I said to the exterminator, "Nat, ...."
So I said to the shoe shiner, "Neal, ...."
So I said to the barber with the razor, "Nick, ...."
So I said to the average, middle class American worker, "Norm, ...."
So I said to the elevator operator, "Otis, ...."
So I said to the line worker at BMW, "Otto, ...."
So I said to the librarian, "Paige, ...."
So I said to the car valet, "Parker, ...."
So I said to the masseuse, "Pat, ...."
So I said to the woman flipping burgers, "Patty, ...."
So I said to the funeral director, "Paul, ...."
So I said to the knitting instructor, "Pearl, ...."
So I said to the oyster farmer, "Pearl, ...."
So I said to the coin dealer, "Penny, ...."
So I said to the landscaper, "Pete, ...."
So I said to the dentist, "Phil, ...."
So I said to the gas station attendant, "Philip, ...."
So I said to earring salesperson, "Pierce, ...."
So I said to the laser surgeon, "Ray, ...."
So I said to the clarinetist, "Reed, ...."
So I said to the editor, "Reid, ...."
So I said to the auto body repairman, "Rex, ...."
So I said to the billionaire, "Rich, ...."
So I said to the thief, "Rob, ...."
So I said to the ornithologist, "Robin, ...."
So I said to the quarry owner, "Rocky, ...."
So I said to the fisherman, "Rod, ...."
So I said to the police dispatcher, "Roger, ...."
So I said to the florist, "Rose, ...."
So I said to the lapidary, "Ruby, ...."
So I said to the cattleman, "Russell, ...."
So I said to the man at the auto salvage, "Rusty, ...."
So I said to the beachcomber, "Sandy, ..."
So I said to the beachcomber, "Shelley, ...."
So I said to the prison warden, "Sindbad, ...."
So I said to the physical trainer, "Skip, ...."
So I said to the pilot, "Skye, ...."
So I said to the astronomer, "Stella, ...."
So I said to the cook, "Stu, ...."
So I said to the lawyer, "Sue, ...."
So I said to the tanning bed operator, "Sunny, ...."
So I said to the seamstress, "Taylor, ...."
So I said to the towel manufacturer, "Terry, ...."
So I said to the farmer's wife, "Tilly, ...."
So I said to the sketch artist, "Tracy, ...."
So I said to the busboy, "Tray, ...."
So I said to the acrobat, "Trixie, ...."
So I said to the shower installer, "Tyler, ...."
So I said to the olympian, "Victor, ...."
So I said to the strings teacher, "Viola, ...."
So I said to the lifeguard at the kiddie pool, "Wade, ...."
So I said to the paperhanger, "Wally, ...."
So I said to the meteorologist, "Wendy, ...."
So I said to the comedian, "Whit, ...."
So I said to the estate attorney, "Will, ...."
So I said to the lettuce farmer, "Wilt, .... "
So I said to the dog sled racer, "Wolf, ...."
So I said to the carpenter, "Woody, ...."
So I said to the coach, "Wynn, ...."

As I read through that list, it made me wonder how many poor individuals have names that are all-too-appropriate for their jobs. 🙂

quotation...

"God can get glory by giving us grace to get us through our suffering." - Tom Wheeler

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Rob

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14 Comments on “What’s in a Name?”

  1. #1 Elva Farrell
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Hi Rob,

    We also laugh when we hear the name of the head of the bank of Europe. His name is Jean-Paul TRICHER!! Sounds like a good banker namer. 🙂

    Bonne continuation, Elva

    Rob adds: Thanks for the comment, Elva. For my readers who don’t speak French, tricher = to cheat. Good banker’s name, for sure! 🙂

  2. #2 Donna Lawrence
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    There’s our local chiropractor, Dr. Popwell.…

    Rob adds: I’ve heard of him, Donna, and I know his son. That is a great name for a chiropractor!

  3. #3 Theresa Beach
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    So I said to my mischievous little boy, “Capers, ….”

    Rob adds: The name Capers is a new one on me…..

  4. #4 Tony
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    So I said to the inept lion tamer, “Claude, ….”

    Rob adds: Tony, I laughed till I started coughing! 😀

  5. #5 Rebekah
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    On more than one occasion, I’ve gone by Paige Turner the librarian. Funny thing is, it took some people quite some time to recognize the pun.

    Rob adds: That’s an especially good name, knowing that you are a pianist! 😉

  6. #6 bj
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    There is a doctor in Ohio whose name is D. Botti. It sounds pretty funny when announced over the PA system, though!

    Rob adds: I’ll bet that is a fun one to hear called out over the speakers!

  7. #7 Caroline
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    haha!! wow, those are great! and i actually read them all. 🙂 thanks for the laughs.

    Rob adds: Thanks to my readers who are responsible for most of those puns, Caroline. Glad you enjoyed them *all*. 😀

  8. #8 Sam
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    So I said to the upset little girl, Maddie, …..

    Rob adds: I’m glad the pun-meister rose to the occasion on this one, Sam! 😉

  9. #9 Emily
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This is a great list–definitely requires a “laugh allowed/aloud” zone!

    For a while our family chiropractor was Dr. Seebach (pronounced “see back”). 🙂

    Rob adds: Thanks, Emily, for your addition. I’m glad you enjoyed the list. There are a lot of people with great senses of humor who read my blog, as attested by the list *they* wrote.

  10. #10 Laura
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    When I was a little girl, I used to turn pages for our church choir pianist. My dad called me “Paige Turner” for a while because of that. 🙂

    Rob adds: I can’t remember, was your maiden name Turner?

  11. #11 Marilyn
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the alphabetized list, it was so easy to check and make sure my name wasn’t included. Nope, didn’t think so. We’ve had a dentist Dr Butcher and a plastic surgeon Dr Kahoots, also a Dr Bones in a large practice near us.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your additions, Marilyn. I can’t think of many ways to pun your name. Maybe someone could do something with the state name Maryland and make it work. 🙂

  12. #12 Jay Wamsley
    on Jan 27th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    In our smallish town, we have two Dr. Payne’s … and a Dr. Swallow.

    Rob adds: Funny, Jay. When I taught high school, one of my students aspired to become a doctor. I always wondered if he would change his name, but he didn’t and is now Dr. Raper. You would think it might keep some patients away, but from what I hear, he is a fine doctor and people love him. I couldn’t expect anything else — he was a wonderfully kind, responsible, brilliant student when I taught him.

  13. #13 Tony
    on Jan 28th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I remember many years ago seeing an article in Reader’s Digest that listed funny names of doctors and how many of them there were (doubtless culled from some registry somewhere) – if you haven’t got a list of those yet, you might consider starting one.

    Here in Lake Orion, Mi, there used to be pair of doctors named “Atchoo”. One was a gynecologist, and I forget what the other one was (though he definitely wasn’t an ENT).

    Rob adds: I remember hearing of a dentist named Dr. Butcher. That would not inspire my confidence!

  14. #14 Bonnie C.
    on Jan 28th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The inept lion tamer Claude took me a minute, but I like it!

    So I said to the herbalist, “Rosemary, ….”

    So I said to the farm hand, “Barney, ….”

    There aren’t so many Barneys and Rosemarys around these days.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your additions, Bonnie. I love the lion tamer one also. 🙂