It’s graduation season, which means it’s time for school administrators to brush up on their pronunciation skills. Can you imagine the pressure? Here’s a good story by 9NEWS in Denver about how commencement is handled at Colorado University’s Denver campus. The video is embedded below, but if you can’t see it, go to their website to watch it.
“The Punisher”, “Harry”, “The Real Eagle of Davao”. These are all names for one and the same person: President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Read more about the feisty politician who’s been known to use more than a few colorful nicknames himself.
On Saturday, the 3rd of October, the Welsh Place Name Society and the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (SNSBI) will be joining forces for a shared annual conference. Presentations will cover a variety topics within the fascinating field of UK toponymy. The official venue for this special event is the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society showground at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY.
For more information regarding the conference program and registration, visit the SNSBI website.
Former Geographical Names Officer for Alberta, Canada, Marie Dorsey was born on December 28, 1915. An internationally recognized toponymist, Dorsey specialized in the place names of Alberta, Canada. As researcher at the City of Edmonton Archives, Dorsey compiled the first comprehensive inventory of over 100 Edmonton River Valley historic sites. She was also actively involved in the naming of many historic Canadian landmarks, including Raven River, Castle Mountain, Mt. Mitchener, and Mt. Lougheed. In addition to her many activities, Dorsey also served on the Historic Sites Board and the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. In recognition of her scholarly contributions to Alberta’s historical toponymy, she was awarded the Edmonton Historical Award, the Namedropper Award of the Friends of Geographic Names of Alberta, and the Historical Society of Alberta Annual Award. Marie Dorsey died on May 23, 2015, just months before reaching her 100th birthday. Her ashes will be laid to rest on June 20, 2015 in her beloved Canada. Place name scholars who wish to continue her legacy of Canadian toponymic research can explore her archives in the Provincial Archives of Alberta and Edmonton.