I am of an age when certain words in common use today have taken on a completely different meaning to when I first learned about them.
Regular readers of the Outlaw will no doubt relate to this, and will remember with fondness, those halycon days when being ‘gay’ had no bearing on ones sexual preference, a ‘hoe’ was normally used to weed the garden and a ‘faggot’ was a cheap hot meat dish usually accompanied by peas and gravy.
A ‘Chopper’ was a bicycle, a ‘butt’ was a woodworking joint, being ‘sick’ meant you were unwell, and being ‘full of spunk’ had an altogether different meaning.
The same can be said for proper names, some of which, have over time, taken on a completely new meaning.
I would like to think that the unfortunate (or not) recipients of such names were able to see the funny side.
A memorial that stands proudly to attention and speaks for itself.
I should imagine Léopold tried not to attract too much attention and have his name come up in conversations.
You could imagine that William and Ludwina may have grown sick of their name at times.
Arthur appears to have been a strict husband.
Some men prefer a woman to have a pretty face, nice hair, good boobs, or shapely legs, while the ass always remains a popular choice among the male of the species.
But there is always a second choice.
Hopefully, the rest of him is here too.
A very popular girl while alive one would imagine.
Some children really were Monsters.
Americans would understand this a lot quicker I should think.
They undoubtedly knew more than their name implies.
They sound like a good laugh
An Austin Powers fan perhaps??
One can only imagine what Harry would have been called in High School.
My particular favourite, and I remain confident that Mrs. Fanny Hair was obviously well thought of and entirely worthy of everlasting remembrance.
*Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. The term “the etymology of [a word]” means the origin of the particular word.*