[LMB] Louis Who?

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Dec 2 12:27:55 GMT 2021

On Wed, 1 Dec 2021 09:16:37 -0600, Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com>

>On Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 8:14 AM B Van Look <vanlook19 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The male to female name transition happens a lot:
>> Evelyn
>> Taylor
>> Madison
>As when Humphrey Bogart named his daughter Leslie after his co-star and
>friend (Mr) Leslie Howard.

In the UK, it's normally "Leslie" as male or "Lesley" as female.  Though
it's possible to be caught out.

A friend of mine saw a job he fancied, and it asked interested parties
to contact Siobhan O'Kelly.

Not only did he not have the vaguest idea how to pronounce Siobhan (this
predated the UK fashion for Gaelic names), he hadn't twigged that it's a
female name.  Thinking he was playing it safe, he asked to speak to "Mr

He did a very creditable impression of a beetroot.
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