“Occupied Names” / Memorable Fancies #734

     In the old days, the fourteenth century, say, John the baker is called “John Baker” because he is John the baker. Then his son Eli becomes a baker in his turn, and is called “Eli Baker.”

     Three generations later, Albert Baker doesn’t want to be a baker; he becomes a smith. He asks his friends to call him “Albert Smith,” but they call him “Albert Baker.” That was the first time…

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