My monthly guest post on The Blog of Funny Names….
Charles John Huffman Dickens (1812-1870), as any literate speaker of the Queen’s English knows, was one of the greatest writers in the history of Western Civilization. No, his name was not funny, and not even eponymous. The origin of the term dickens as a mild oath or euphemism apparently dates to more than two centuries before his birth. But what the illustrious Mr. Dickens was, and to this day remains, is the godfather of funny names in fiction. His most famous character is the archetypal funny-named character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, who most certainly is eponymous. Dicitionary.com defines a scrooge as a skinflint or miserly curmudgeon. And while the use of the word generically to describe any Scrooge-like individual does not appear to have emerged until the late 1930’s, it clearly developed from Scrooge and A Christmas Carol.
But Scrooge is just the start. The list of funny names…
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