things you find while looking for other things

INKYDOO • Someone on the Bibliophile list was wondering about the durability of ink for signatures. And I found this nifty page that reported on an accelerated aging test of archival properties of several writing implements from Stanislav Shalunov called Of course my personal favorite is the Eternal Bulletproof fountain pen inks of Noodlers

nights of nym • I am reading screenwriter William Monahan’s novel the Light House and was wracking my brain trying to remember what the literary term was for naming characters either after their characteristic or occupation, since this is a device Monahan uses throughout. (btw it’s VERY funny, the man does love language.)
My memory got jogged by other list members:

Aptronym – a word allegedly coined by United States newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, refers to a name that is aptly suited to its owner. Fictional examples of aptronyms include Mr. Talkative and Mr. Worldly Wiseman in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Charactonym – a name which suggests the personality traits of a fictional character. The most famous being Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Sheridan’s play The Rivals. She was known for misusing words with humorous results.

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