What's in a name? In this case, laughs


Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 12:54 a.m.

Dear Readers: Mail keeps arriving regarding names that match occupations. My staff and I have been having a wonderful time reading it, and I would love to share more with you. So, if you're up for a chuckle, read on. (If not, just go back to the national news.)

Dear Abby: When I saw the letter about Miss Hunger, the dietitian at Stout University, I had to write. My father was born in Menomonie, Wis., where Stout is located, and later taught there. He used to tell me about a law firm there called Ketchum and Cheatum. Also, he had a high school classmate named Iva Liver.

Ann H., Columbus, Ohio

Dear Abby: Years ago, I interviewed an attorney who was supposed to handle an important matter for me. His name: Rex R. Case. (Needless to say, I did not hire him!)

Linda, N.J.

Dear Abby: The day your column on funny names appeared, I had a good laugh and then began reading the front section of the paper, where I encountered the following. It's from The Associated Press with a byline of Lauran Neergard, which I am enclosing. It's titled ''Circumcision of African men can cut HIV risk by half.'' The physician quoted from the World Health Organization is Dr. Kevin De Cock. I could not believe the two articles appeared in the same newspaper on the same day.

Bonnie in Wabash, Ind.

Dear Abby: For many years the Internal Revenue supervisor in Oklahoma City was ''I.M. Filer.''

Anonymous in Oklahoma

Dear Abby: My sister lives in Williamsville, N.Y. (near Buffalo), where there is a funeral home that seems nothing out of the ordinary, except for the name: Amigone Funeral Home. (Am I Gone.) True! Look them up - they're in the phone book!

Alaine in Jamestown, N.Y.

Dear Abby: Here in Anchorage, Alaska, we have a dentist named Dr. Phil Wright.

Vern S., Anchorage

Dear Abby: I have two names for you. My daughter's pediatrician is Dr. LeFevere, and my former priest's was Father O'Pray.

Stephanie in Bloomington, Minn.

Dear Abby: When I first moved here, I was looking for a new ob/gyn and came across a listing for a Dr. C. (Cynthia, I believe) Hymen.

Megan in Stratford, Conn.

Dear Abby: A few years ago I needed minor surgery and went to the VA hospital in Palo Alto. The young female anesthetist was a novice named Mallet. Try as she might, she could not find a vein -- and when I took the ''Mallet by the handle'' and told her if she couldn't find a vein she should use a mallet, she didn't crack a smile.

Earl C., Manteca, Calif.

Dear Abby: I once met a liquor salesman named Casey Sause.

Pamela in Baton Rouge, La.

Dear Abby: I have diabetes and see a dietitian and a diabetes educator. Their last names are Short and Stout. I'm sure they never hear the end of it.

Nancy in Noblesville, Ind.

Dear Abby: Linda Toots taught flute at Tanglewood!

Peggy B., Chicago

Dear Abby: There's a nudist colony in northern New Jersey that is owned by a Dr. Lust.

Adrian in Princetown, N.J.

Dear Abby: Years ago, here in Fort Worth, Texas, we had a doctor named Dr. Rumph. His specialty? Proctology, of course!

Had To Laugh in Fort Worth

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