Aptronym Watch: Ballet edition.

Aptronym Watch: Ballet edition.

Aptronym Watch: Ballet edition.

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May 1 2006 1:35 PM

Aptronym Watch: Ballet Edition

Better a ballet dancer than a shut-in.

Those aptronyms* just keep coming! Thanks to the many readers who, unbidden, have been drowning me in real-life surnames that foreordain the bearer's real-life profession. Today's entry: Sarah Slipper, former dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and former ballet mistress of the Alberta Ballet and the Oregon Ballet Theater. Currently she is an artistic director of the Northwest Professional Dance Project in Portland, Oregon.

*aptronym (n): A name that inadvertently describes its bearer's occupation. Widely attributed to Franklin P. Adams, aka "F.P.A.," whose newspaper column, "The Conning Tower," was popular during the 1920s and 1930s.


Updated Aptronym Yellow Pages:

Anger Management
Dr. Richard Madden (Hudson, N.Y.)

Alan Heavens (University of Edinburgh)

Cabinet Secretaries
Margaret Spellings (Secretary of Education)


Jaime Lachica Cardinal Sin, former archbishop of Manila

Ngoc Quang Chu, DDS (Bethesda, Md.)
Dalbert Fear, Jr., DDS (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Ken Hurt, DDS (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Kenneth Krowne, DDS (Brookline, Mass.)
Les Plack, DDS (San Francisco, Calif.)
Anthony J. Puller, DDS (Richmond, Va.)
Randall Toothaker, DDS (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Barth, Lacy, and Craig Toothman (Columbus, Ohio)

Food Critics
Jamie Maw (Vancouver magazine)

Football Players
Brian Baldinger (former defensive lineman, Dallas Cowboys, Indiana Colts, and Philadelphia Eagles)
Joey Goodspeed (former running back, St. Louis Rams)
Quentin Jammer (cornerback for the San Diego Chargers)


Angel Colon(Annapolis, Md.)

Dr. Bonnie Beaver (West Hills, Calif.)
Dr. Harry Beaver, retired (Fairfax, Va.)
Sheldon H. Cherry (New York, N.Y.)
Dr. Hyman Meltzer, deceased (Chicago)

Leadership Expert
Jack Christ (Ripon College, Ripon, Wis.)


Francine Prose (New York, N.Y.)

Office Supplies and Equipment
Dean Boring, president, Boring Office Supplies (Lakeland, Fla.)

Dr. Kevin Blinder (Washington University)

David Bird (director, Avian Science and Conservation Center, McGill University, Canada)


Performing Arts
Sarah Slipper  (former dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet)

Dr. Allen Korn (Washington, D.C.)

John Lawless (Haverstraw, N.Y.)

Dr. Jules Angst, emeritus professor of psychiatry, University of Zurich
Roberta L. Nutt, Ph.D., director, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, Texas Women's University

Race-car Drivers
Scott Goodyear
Scott Speed

Rapists, Convicted
Robert Raper (Boston, Mass.)

Ann Greathouse (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Religion, Professors of
Terry Godlove (Hofstra University)

Risk Management
John C. Chicken (author, The Philosophy of Risk)

Sexual Misconduct Researcher
Charol Shakeshaft


Am Rong (Khmer Rouge spokesman, Cambodia)
Tony Snow  (Washington, D.C.)
Larry Speakes  (Reagan White House flak)

Dr. Richard ("Dick") Chopp (Austin, Texas)
Dr. Dennis Peters (Pensacola, Fla.)
Dr. Alexander Philpott (Wheat Ridge, Colo.)
Dr. Keith Waterhouse, retired (New York, N.Y.)