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Aptronym [01 Jul 2008|01:03pm]

I keep learning and forgetting this term, so this time I'm writing it down. It's not such a real term, but it's a good one.

An aptronym (or aptonym) is a name aptly suited to its owner; names like Chris Moneymaker, amateur winner of the 2003 World Series of Poker; or William Wordsworth, the poet. This came to mind this morning because I've been reading Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity by Siva Vaidhyanathan, and the chapter I'm on now deals with the opinions of the aptly named judge Learned Hand.

A while back, Worth 1000 had some pretty good visual illustrations of the idea.

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