Author Topic: More nominative determinism  (Read 37234 times)

clarion

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2014, 08:03:39 am »
On the Hanover Fair once a visitor to our stand left me his card. He worked at the explosives division of the Fraunhofer Institute in Karlsruhe and his card read Pr. Zapp.
Irrelevant aside: The quirky and wonderful Minox company was started by Walter Zapp.  In Latvia, I believe, though I think he was actually German.
Getting there...

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2014, 09:02:23 am »
On the Hanover Fair once a visitor to our stand left me his card. He worked at the explosives division of the Fraunhofer Institute in Karlsruhe and his card read Pr. Zapp.
Irrelevant aside: The quirky and wonderful Minox company was started by Walter Zapp.  In Latvia, I believe, though I think he was actually German.
Baltic German, according to Wiki, so both.
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Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2014, 06:49:11 pm »
Does a Citroen Xsara Picasso with a snapped-off door mirror count as nominative determinism?
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Jaded

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2014, 10:41:00 pm »
Only if it has been installed on the other side of the car.
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Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2014, 10:45:01 pm »
You're right.  I was thinking of the other dude.  Van cough (which was what was restricting the supply of oxygen to my brain at the time I made this observation).
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Basil

  • Um....err......oh bugger!
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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2014, 08:34:20 am »
I've just remembered Shard End Glass.  A glazier in the Shard End district of Birmingham.

On checking, I note that they have moved from Shard End, but have retained the name.
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hellymedic

  • Just do it!
Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2014, 09:31:09 am »
And Burnt Oak Timber is Burnt Oak Building Supplies...
http://www.burntoaktimber.com

mattc

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2014, 05:14:55 pm »
Ufuk Bikez





(bit of a cheat this- sadly he is some sort of chemist, but you're all welcome to makeup something more appropriate )
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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2014, 10:24:03 pm »

Phil W

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2014, 09:51:14 am »
A certain mr circuit who happens to be an electrician

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2014, 07:41:43 pm »
Ufuk Bikez
Ufuk is Turkish for horizon, & a common name for hotels, B&Bs, campsites, etc.
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2014, 09:00:50 pm »
The man running the new Museum Of Comedy is called Martin Witts.
Getting there...

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2014, 08:39:40 am »

Mr Larrington

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2014, 06:28:18 pm »
BBC News has just run a piece on the decline of farmland smalle fowles.  They interviewed an RSPB spokeschap...

...Mark Robins
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contango

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2014, 06:31:04 pm »

During my schooldays we had a teacher called Mr French. He taught maths.
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Basil

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2014, 06:40:20 pm »
Did I do the dentist in Bournville named Mr. Payne? Sorry can't be bottomed to check back.  He used to be my dentist but now I'm with a lady in Lampeter whose name seems to consist solely of Zs and Ws.  (No, she's not Welsh, obv)
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Kim

  • 2nd in the world
Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2014, 06:41:50 pm »

During my schooldays we had a teacher called Mr French. He taught maths.

IIRC Barakta had a Mr English, who taught French.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #43 on: October 23, 2014, 06:48:21 pm »
Teachers at my skool were often known by their initials.  We had a Graeme A Sutton, but he taught maths, not physics or stinks.
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Wowbagger

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #44 on: October 23, 2014, 07:22:08 pm »
When I was teaching in a sec. mod. in the 1970s I 'ad free colleagues ooze larsename woz Smiff. There was Artsmiff, 'oo tort art, Maffsmiff, 'oo tort maffs, and Teedeesmiff, 'oo tort tecknickle drorin'.

This last tended to amuse me rather as there was, infamously, a Newcastle city councillor called T. Dan Smith who was convicted and imprisoned for his part in the Poulson affair.
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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #45 on: October 23, 2014, 09:04:04 pm »

During my schooldays we had a teacher called Mr French. He taught maths.

Did you go to Owens, Islington, too?

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2014, 09:11:39 pm »
BBC Look North has a football reporter called Adrian Pitches.

red marley

Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2014, 10:01:13 pm »
Our school maths teacher was called Arith Mitik.

Actually, that's not quite true. He was called Mr Mitik, but we called him Arith.

David Martin

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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #48 on: October 23, 2014, 10:09:50 pm »
The chief range officer for the small bore range at the commonwealth games was a Mr Gunn. A very nice man too.
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Re: More nominative determinism
« Reply #49 on: October 24, 2014, 06:43:52 am »
You could argue that Nicola Sturgeon was born to succeed Alex Salmond.  Or spawned, anyway.
Never tell me the odds.