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A Lawyer Named Sue

Back when I was an undergraduate, I took a course in animal physiology taught by a veterinarian named Dr. Katz. I can't remember why I took the course, but I do remember thinking it amusing that a veterinarian would be named Katz. Thanks to writer Timothy Noah at Slate, I now know that Dr. Katz's name was an "aptronym," a name that inadvertently describes its bearer's occupation.

And Noah has discovered what may be the best example of an aptronym for a lawyer: Sue Yoo, an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He also points us to Jeffrey M. Advokat, a lawyer in Morristown, N.J. I know that Texas had its Judge Justice, but lawyers in my home state of Massachusetts will remember a judge whose name may have been a reverse aptronym, Judge Feloney, who sat in Cambridge District Court for nearly three decades and was anything but a felon.

[Hat tip to Peter Lattman at Law Blog for the Slate pointer.]

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 3, 2006 at 11:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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