Word Ways


Are some of us subconsciously drawn to jobs for which our names describe a primary product, action or tool with which we work? When parents name a child do they "bestow nomen atque omen," or a name and an omen [Plautus, Persa, act iv, scene 4]? Whether omens, directions, or merely humorous coincidence, the personal names in general use and career combinations listed below are offered for your amusement. Match the names in the second column with the occupations in the first.