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Morecock, Fartwell, & Hoare: A Collection of Unfortunate but True Names

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There’s a baby born every minute and each one has to be named. In this book, you’ll find an insanity of nomenclature that beggars belief. Russell Ash has trawled birth, marriage, and death certificates, phone books, and censuses going back centuries to compile a compendium of breathtakingly unlikely-but-true names.

Why on earth would Mr. and Mrs. O’Shea name their son Ri

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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Richard
Jan 14, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very typical of the sort of book that I'm reading at the moment. It doesn't have any narrative to speak of, so doesn't require any determined or extended period of reading. You can literally enjoy a page and then move on...

The idea is simple. The names that people have been given in the past are now able to raise a smile, a giggle, or even occasionally a guffaw. Some of them rely on the change in word meaning (Fanny which is *much* ruder in UK English than American English) or on the com
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Sarah Tipper
Jun 12, 2015 Sarah Tipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You need to be quite childish to enjoy this book. Luckily I am. It’s basically a book of lists, with funny names divided into categories. Some are extremely rude, some are just plain silly. It’s the sort of book to keep on your desk to brighten dull days rather than the sort of book to read all in one go.
Judith Rich
Jan 29, 2017 Judith Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Re-read. Always makes me laugh and makes me feel better about being called Mrs Titt. At least my first name isn't Pissy.
Brittney
May 16, 2015 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a collection of names people actually had that now days are just plain silly or would be darn embarrassing. Some names though aren't suitable for the younger readers.
J.F. Doleman
Sep 17, 2014 J.F. Doleman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genius. Best collection of names on earth.
Cindy
Aug 02, 2011 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Love those Brits. Not what I expected, as this is really a book of listings, but still fun to see the absurd names some people are saddled with for life.
Candy kang
Mar 15, 2010 Candy kang is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
how fortunate i am... really.
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Russell Ash is best known for his annual 'The Top Ten of Everything' and other popular reference works, but he is also the author of numerous humour titles. His extensive research work encompasses biographical studies and genealogy.
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