Word Ways


Philip M. Cohen


The juxtaposition of occupations with appropriate names has been a parlor game for many years, no doubt first stimulated by genuine examples noted on signboards and the like. However, these are few and far between, and it is quicker and easier to invent one's own instead of search them out. In Games for Insomniacs (Doubleday, 1966), John Fuller cites rug salesman Walter Wallcarpet, ingenue Kitten Kaboodle, churchwoman Gloria N. Exsellsis, and cook Minnie Stroney. Mary Ann Madden featured the game in a New York Magazine competition, with hilarious results: math teacher Louis Carmen Denominator, tennis referee Madge Point, bookie Dahlia Double, and so on.