[LMB] Language drift on Barrayar

James M. BRYANT G4CLF james at jbryant.eu
Fri Aug 9 09:35:02 BST 2019


Sylvia mentioned that in the period after WWI people petitioned
the courts to change their name to something more American, less
foreign.

In England in the 1920s forms often asked if you had changed
your name (excluding Jews from golf clubs persisted as a common,
and explicit, practice until the fifties and even the sixties).

It became common for Mr Rosenberg to change his name to Smellie
(which is a genuine, though not common, English surname) or
something equally English and obnoxious and then, six months
later, change it again to MacDonald so that he could answer
any name change question honestly, and with an obvious reason
why he had wished to do so.

James - whose paternal line has been Bryant for at least 400
year 

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