Not an aptronym exactly, but there used to be, in my part of London, a funeral director's called Ernest Noade. The strapline (etched in gold on every shop window) was 'Economy with Refinement'. Something wonderfully yesteryear about it, I think. Alas, the business has, I think, been taken over, as all the shops seem to have disappeared ...
TfS: Thanks for the link (which also led to other links on the topic) - good reading!
And I'm reminded of the name of the gastroenterologist who failed to find the diagnosed cancer in my adoptive father in 1960. (After four major exploratory operations the old man died, and his post-mortem report stated that there wasn't a cell of his body not riddled with cancer.)
The surgeon's name?
Dr Fehl (pron. Fail). Now there's an aptronym! ;D
"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." — Gore Vidal
The medical reference reminds me of the odd things people say. I sat next to someone on the bus on Saturday who insisted on telling me all about her medical problems (diabetes and general disability - she was VERY large and drank Coke and ate a large packet of crisps, and was looking forward to fish and chips at her destination, but the lack of heeding public health messages is another issue) which led to how her parents had died. Her father died of heart disease, but her mother, who had a hole in the heart (apparently) died of natural causes. I'd say heart disease was natural. it's not unnatural, like a road traffic accident (RTA) is it? Am I being over picky about the use of words? Or do I use words differently form the 'general public' because of my training/background? What is a natural cause of death as opposed to an unnatural one? As you might imagine, I had a very informative bus journey!
Her father died of heart disease, but her mother, who had a hole in the heart (apparently) died of natural causes. I'd say heart disease was natural. it's not unnatural, like a road traffic accident (RTA) is it? Am I being over picky about the use of words? Or do I use words differently form the 'general public' because of my training/background? What is a natural cause of death as opposed to an unnatural one? As you might imagine, I had a very informative bus journey!
When I was at medical school (oh, so long ago), we were taught about listening to the way people talk about their symptoms, in large part because many of our less educated patients would not have the same facility with language as we. So, for example, a common phrase one heard in Casualty was "I've got a gastric stomach"!
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one (Benjamin Franklin)
Yes, I guess so. I've had some experience of people talking about medical conditions, but far more experience reading about them. I think I've long had some sort of (inner) conflict of the use of the term 'natural causes', and I think the lady in question might have been trying to impress me in some way with her choice of, what was to her, some 'posh' language. To me natural causes is what a coroner might use, but there is always some underlying reason. The ICD (any version) doesn't have natural causes as a classification (as far as I know).
I've remembered another aptronym. A friend of mine used to live in Germany (he came back with several amusing stories, most of which are too blue to repeat), but one of his favourite moments was overhearing an announcement at Frankfurt airport. It was in German, but the gist was:
"Would Mrs Altzheimer please come to the information desk, as her lost property has been found"
I recall the first (and, actually, only) time I was given a bottle of Green Chartreuse by a kind friend who came for Christmas dinner. "It won't do you any harm", he said, with his tongue firmly in his cheek, "it's made from flowers by monks".
Green Chartreuse, of course, has one of the highest alcohol contents of any liqueuer - in contrast to its yellow cousin (which my father usually describes as 'a ladies' drink').