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Linguistic Context in Name Humorousness: A Controlled Study with South Asian Film Stars

Wei D. Duffy, Woody de Falle, and Wahid Yeddf Aae Linguistic context in name funniness is a complex, multifaceted and still unresolved issue within Funny Name Theory (e.g. Bauble & Doodle 2003, Dingleberry et al. 2006, Crinkles 2009). Some researchers, … Continue reading

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Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Theophrastus Seuss, and a Merry Grinch Christmas Potpourri

In the good land of BoFN when Christmas drew near Folk were having . . . not quite universal good cheer. For in fact, there was one . . . er, his name we can’t say . . . Whud … Continue reading

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Richard O’Brien, Not Just Any Old Riff Raff

Do you remember the first time you saw Rocky Horror Picture Show? Were you prepared to throw rice? Toast? Use a squirt gun? A lighter? Could you dance “The Time Warp”? Sing it with me, “Let’s do the Time Warp … Continue reading

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Toots Thielemans

(Gulp.)  wdydfae here. I must start with a slavish thank you to the incomparable BoFN crew for asking me on! Well, OK, let’s be realistic about this. In fact, it was probably just Amb and Liz cornering Dave and pleading, … Continue reading

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Elmore Rual “Rip” Torn

Rip Torn. It’s one of those movie star names that’s so easy to remember and fun to say you have to conclude it’s not his real name. Only in the case of the great Rip Torn, it is. Torn was … Continue reading

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