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The games people play with names

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / February 10, 2005

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If Charles Dickens wrote ''CSI: Miami," his lead detective might well be named Sunny Dissectum, or Gutsy Corpuscle. Dickens had a passion for descriptive, onomatopoetic names, from stifling schoolmaster Mr. M'Choakumchild in ''Hard Times" to the infamous Scrooge of ''A Christmas Carol," so dubbed after the old meaning of a ''screw" -- a miser. (Full article: 899 words)

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