On the 23rd of April 2016, the 3rd Anthony Wheeler Conference will be held in Suffolk (UK). The topic of the conference will be Suffolk Place-Names and Landscape.
The political battles being fought in the Middle East pervade every aspect of daily life, including the names used for the topography. An excellent example of this onomastic pull-and-tug can be seen in the discussion over whether to use the name “The Persian Gulf” or “The Arabian Gulf”. Read both sides of the story in this New York Times piece.… Read More
The Children’s Literature Association will be holding a conference from the 9th to the 11th of June 2016 in the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square in Columbus, Ohio. Onomastic researchers with a special interest in children’s literature are invited to register.
Fashion labels are increasingly inspiring baby names. Labels such as Armani and Cartier are on the rise as baby names and more traditional names such as Calvin have been recently boosted by a corresponding fashion label. This article in Vocative graphs the rise of particular fashion labels are baby names.
In the wake of a new project by a property developer in Staten Island, NY, Borough President James Oddo named the streets in the new development after the greed and deceit of the developers. A New York State Supreme Court judge allowed the street names.
After the success of culinary creations like the infamous cronut, the name for an artery-clogging cross between a donut and a croissant, restaurant chains have started experimenting with other fast-food hybrids. In celebration of these mutant edibles, a whole new line-up of food names has been created as well. Discover what is behind these onomastic neologisms.
How much does your gamer name reveal about you? Probably more than you think.
In a psychological study funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council, a clear connection was found between user names and gaming behavior. For example, gamers whose user names incorporated some form of profanity often displayed anti-social behavior in the game environment.… Read More
The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero are right around the corner. In preparation for the activities, the official names of the two mascots designed for the sports events have been announced: Vinicius and Tom.
These names honor the famous Bossa Nova musicians, Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. Bossa Nova, the name given to a fusion of jazz and samba, is considered to be one of the most popular genres of music to come out of Brazil.
The onomastic announcement by the Brazilian Olympic Committee not only brings much needed positive press to the 2016 Games, but also honors to two of the country’s music legends.