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What Is an Aptronym?

And why is it apt? 

By
Mignon Fogarty,

 

aptronyms 

Aptronyms: Meet Mrs. Fussbudget and Father Sin

Although it's a bit heavy handed, you can give fictional characters personality by using aptronyms: names that suit the owner's traits or profession. A fallen priest may be Father Sin or a persnickety woman may be Mrs. Fussbudget.

For laughs, publications sometimes print names of real people whose names are strangely suited to their professions, such as a dentist named Dr. Driller or a builder named Mr. Nail.

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