Doctor Who? And Other Foolishness

After my last post, I owe you a short one. Yes, go ahead and do your happy dance.

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Sometimes names fit occupations like spandex fits skin. In fact, the correlation makes one wonder: Do individuals choose a vocation because of their names?

The following are examples of physicians I—or acquaintances—have encountered.

Dr. Go, a gastroenterologist. Self-explanatory.

Dr. Sharp, a surgeon. Ditto.

Dr. Seaman, a urologist. (Hehe, semen, hehe…)

Dr. Urich, another urologist.

The name itself (pronounced Yer-ick) is not so unusual, nor the fact that he toiled as a pee-pee doctor. But when one considers he named his two daughters Ann and Polly, the chuckles begin. And the cruelty. Why?

Anuric (i.e., Ann Urich) means the inability to urinate. Polyuric (i.e., Polly Urich) means the excessive production of urine.

Well, at least the two sisters balance each other out.

Dr. Hacker, a general practitioner.

This physician introduced himself to my postpartum sister like this: “Hi, I’m Dr. Dick Hacker, and I’m here to do your son’s circumcision.”

Bazinga!

How about you? Anybody you used to know whose name matched their occupation? Or perhaps their character?

Note: The reason this post has Foolishness in the title is because today is a certain blogger’s birthday, and many of us want to give this cool Guap his due props. Happy Birthday, El Guapo! Hope it’s a good one!

My best birthday treat ever…

My best birthday treat ever…

226 Responses to “Doctor Who? And Other Foolishness”

  1. The Hook

    What about a bellman named “The Hook”?
    After all, bellmen are always fishing for tips…

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  2. ParentingIsFunny

    Those are free real? Really? How awful! Especially that he named his daughters Ann and Polly. That’s too mean! I knew a Sgt. Savage once. Ouch!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      They definitely are for real. Scary, isn’t it? And you’re the second person I’ve encountered here who knew a Sgt. Savage.:)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      • clintessential

        I just joined. Your sense of humor made it easy. I also belong to theonlinebookclub which is better for your membership. I like
        your style of care giving: humor is always the best medicine.

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Thank you! That’s so nice to hear. I’m thrilled you made your way over here, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a happy New Year’s!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I know! The names people mentioned were great, thereby confirming my suspicion that some people choose their occupation because of their names.😉

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  3. Kourtney Heintz

    LOL That is AMAZING. I knew a family who named their daughter Thankful. I always wondered if she was or if it made her really selfish.😉

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I bet that poor girl never hear the end of it. And each time she heard a joke at her expense, she probably had to smile and pretend it was the first time she’d ever heard it. Because, of course, that’s what thankful people do…

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  4. 4amWriter

    There is a woman at my kids’ school who deals with the misbehaved and naughty children. I don’t actually know her title; she’s not the guidance counselor. Anyway, if a kid acts out in class or on the playground, the child is sent upstairs to “Mrs. Paine.”

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    • Carrie Rubin

      If that’s not incentive for good behavior, I don’t know what is! A couple other commenters have known a Mrs. Paine. Seems to be a popular name among teachers.😉

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  5. Pat

    My friend Mrs Kitchen was the school cook.
    Nice post. I think names are wonderful and often show a marked lack of imagination and forethought on the part of parents who do the naming.
    I once knew a guy called John Johnstone and someone with the surname Green who called his daughter Teresa.
    And not quite the same thing, but we used to have a solicitor whose signature looked remarkably like ME scrawled across the bottom of the page. His initials were DJP, so no idea how he got there.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Mrs. Kitchen for a cook. Perfect. And I’m all for originality when naming children, but not for names that will ultimately embarrass them. I wanted to name my son Billy, but my husband wouldn’t hear of it. Why, I’m not sure given Billy Rubin is a perfectly acceptable name if one knows nothing about bilirubin…😉

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  6. Joanna Aislinn

    Granted, we inherit our surnames. I just wonder though, what are people thinking when they name that child? I believe I once heard about a girl named Mercedes –yep–Benz. That’s the best I can contribute at the moment.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I’ve actually encountered a Mercedes Benz, too. It does make one scratch the old noggin. I think I’d rather be a Eunice or Gertrude than a cheesy name like this.:)

      Thanks, Joanna!

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  7. Christi

    When I was a kid, my mom had a chiropractor named Dr. Bender. We always got a chuckle out of that one.

    In terms of other names, when I was teaching, one of the girls who always seemed be in lunch detention was named LaVoujinee (pronounced Luh-vah-juh-nay, very similar to that part of the female anatomy). A teacher friend of mine in another part of LA had a student named Passion Pounds, and unfortunately this girl was a pretty big girl. Another teacher friend of mine in Baton Rouge had two students who were brothers named Orangejello and Lemonjello. The crazy part about the brothers is that if you google it, it will say it’s a hoax, an urban legend, but those kids were actually in his HS science class. I wonder if their mom got the idea from the urban legend…

    Great post!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I don’t get why parents give their kids such horrible monikers. Would they want names like that for themselves? Orangejello and Passion Pounds. Maybe they ended up together.:)

      Love Dr. Bender though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. BuddhaKat

    Hi… my current gastroenterologist’s name is Dr Go… but it isn’t any fun telling people that cuz they have no idea what a gastroenterologist is!!! Thanks for being the one to get my humour!!!
    I’m sorta browsing the foolishness foolishness – I’ll probably never get to them all, but it is helping to reinvigorate my blog hopping skills – I’ve been very busy of late and reduced blog hopping was one of the unfortunate consequences! I like your blog and think I might come back, if I may!
    I won’t wish EG happy birthday again – he might think it’s next year already!
    nice to meetcha…
    :)
    janet

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Nice to meet you, too! Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to see a new face. And it’s funny that you also have a gastroenterologist named Dr. Go. It really is a well-suited moniker for that profession and much more pleasant than Dr. Poo.😉

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