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  • proper n. A female given name


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Invented by Sir Philip Sidney for his pastoral poem Arcadia (c 1593), probably from Ancient Greek παν- (pan-, "all") + μέλι (meli, "honey").


  • I called Pamela and told her that if she was prepared to recommend me to the president, I was prepared to throw myself into the appointment process.


  • I'm not sure why I was certain Pamela was responsible.

    January 3rd, 2007

  • Thanks, Madeline, I did know an “illegal” tattoo artist, but Pamela is pure invention.

    DREADED CONVERSATION • by Walter Giersbach

  • Pamela is good at answering questions about writing, selling, and associated activities.

    Tender is the Night of the Living Dead

  • Countess: the word Pamela was in what he said: she answered him with a downcast look, in the same language, half-pleased, half-serious, and the chariot drove away.


  • How many parents realize that the currently popular Jennifer is derived from Guinevere (King Arthur's adulterous queen) or that the name Pamela became popular through Samuel Richardson's Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded (1740)?

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4

  • Sir Philip Sydney first used the name Pamela in 1590, so if one were writing a novel set before that date or even a bit later, the name would be an anachronism.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 3

  • 'Pamela' -- distinctly the worst of his works -- of which it is enough to say at present that it succeeds neither in being moral nor in amusing.

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

  • It ruled he was not to blame because the woman - identified only as "Pamela" - contaminated him with cocaine hours before the drug test. - News

  • After he turned me down, I called Pamela and told her that Renée was going to blow the whistle on Greg’s insider trading.

    The Shadow of Your Smile


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