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

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2007)
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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...more
J.F. Doleman
Genius. Best collection of names on earth.
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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