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- n. a person who studies onomastics
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Grant Smith is an onomastician at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, who studies the branch of linguistics dedicated to proper names.
“The choices of African-American mothers are ignored,” writes Sol Steinmetz, part-time onomastician in New Rochelle, New York, “despite the fact that in the past thirty years the most unconventional, counter-establishment baby names have been coined by black moms.”
To make a long story short, Dunkling is an onomasiologist or onomastician, and president of the Names Society, a U.K.
At the price, this is not a book that any but the most ardent onomastician is likely to rush to buy, but even the more limited libraries should own a copy, for the work has been prepared with great care and obvious devotion.
Having expressed an understandable dissatisfaction with the inappropriate process which created this volume, one is pleased to discover that the original subtitle, dropped in May 1965, does not imply the kind of exclusive hunt for the quaint and the curious which is so often the pursuit of the local onomastician.
Many a serious onomastician has begun by collecting odd names for fun, together with the stories that go with them.