CatchThis Blog / personal names

Erin Milnes

November 8, 2016

As we learned last time, onomastics is the linguistic study of names. The impact of names in the political realm is a topic of recent studies and is right up our alley at Catchword. Kaysitch? Kahsick? Pronounceability of candidate names Given the lowest-common-denominator nature of national politics, unusual names are clearly something to overcome at […]

Erin Milnes

November 4, 2016

Onomastics is the branch of linguistics that deals with names. (Yes, “onomastics” — slip that one into your next cocktail party conversation!) But the influence of names in the political arena has an effect far beyond that of linguistic observation. Studies of elections in California, North Dakota, Ohio, and other states have shown definitively that the order […]

Erin Milnes

September 15, 2016

Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, during which we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. The first step in recognizing someone’s achievements is to know what to call him or her, and using someone’s name according to their preferred custom is a critical component of respect. Personal name […]