by Anura Guruge
Click to ENLARGE. The ad that has been appearing in “The Baysider” for the last couple of months. Use link below to access “The Baysider”. The ad., in that issue, is on the back page, i.e., page A 14.
Click here to access the Thursday, April 2, 2015 issue of “The Baysider”.
Ad is on page A 14.
Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.
Click here to access “Houses of Names”.
Dr. Dennis Badman is more than likely a good man, probably a good doctor too. I do not know him from Adam. I have just noticed his (rather large) Ad. in “The Baysider” over the last couple of weeks. His name, in addition to cracking me up each and every time I see it, also intrigued me. Names fascinate me — as you would expect from one who wrote a book analyzing names.
I also love it when people go onto do things ‘despite’ their name. It can’t have been much fun growing up a ‘Badman’ — though, in a perverse way, one might have been able to exploit it. There are some advantages to be known as a ‘Badman’.
I have been meaning to do a study of ‘famous’ people with ‘difficult’ names. And Dr. Badman has now given me the impetus.
Without even looking it up, given my familiarity with names, I had an inkling that ‘Badman’ had Germanic roots. I was right. It is ‘Anglo-Saxon‘ and Anglo-Saxons, by and large, where Germanic tribes that migrated to the British isles when the Romans left.
The ‘bat’, for ‘boat’ part is new to me. [Which reminds me. Teischan asked me the other day why ‘cricket’ is called as such. I was mortified that I had NO clue. Appear it comes from ‘crook’, the original bats used many centuries ago].
So Dr. Badman could have been Dr. Batman — which might have been even neater.
Then just this morning I made another connection. Sir Donald Bradman, a physically diminutive (i.e., 5′ 7″) Australian, is the most legendary of cricketers. ‘Bradman’ — ‘Badman’ with an ‘r’. Did his family insert the ‘r’ to avoid being bad men?
Click to access Wikipedia entry for the great man, who ended up with an UNBELIEVABLE and unmatched Test batting average of 99.94 — when one of 40 is considered exception and only a very few these days have one greater than 50.