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Friday, December 30, 2016

Name Game 2016: Aptronyms From The Year's News

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

click image Cannabis industry consultant Tripp Murray of Burlington - MARC NADEL
  • Marc Nadel
  • Cannabis industry consultant Tripp Murray of Burlington
Each December for the last nine years, Seven  Days has published a list of aptronyms — that is, people's names that are apt (hence the term) to their employment, avocation or unique life circumstance.

Last year's list included several folks whose apropos monikers showed up in our  inboxes or Google alerts due to their alleged criminal activities. They included 53-year-old Michael Gordon Dick, of Gresham, Ore., who was popped by police for masturbating, naked, in the vicinity of Oregon's Tickle Creek.

Then there was Elias Rushing, the 19-year-old Dorset man who crashed his car into a house in Rupert while fleeing a Vermont state trooper who was trying to pull him over for speeding.

And who could forget the aptly named chocolate Labrador retriever from North Webster, Ind. — Trigger — that shot its owner, Allie Carter, in the foot after stepping on her 12-gauge shotgun.

But this year's most prominent aptronym — Trump — is various defined as "outranking or defeating someone or something, often in a very public way;" "to get the better of;" and as a noun, "a dependable and exemplary person." Clearly, one netizen took issue with that last definition and inserted her own, as a verb: "to expel gas through the anus, often in a highly audible way." We'll let the reader decide.

Other aptronyms from 2016 included:
Diane Seder: Member of the board and executive committee of the Jewish Federation of Madison, Wisc. Seder also serves on the executive committee of Hillel at the University of Wisconsin.
Ryan Newswanger: director of communications for the Vermont Humanities Council.
Tripp Murray: Managing partner at Virentium Advisors in Burlington and consultant to the U.S. cannabis industry.
Shane Mispel: No explanation necessary.
Randee Rule: Town of Hartford's delinquent tax clerk, formerly an employee at Vermont Law School.
Stan Waterman:  Five-time Emmy Award-winning pioneer of underwater filmmaking.
Robert Capers: U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn who, in December 2015, charged former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli with securities fraud for running his company “like a Ponzi scheme.”
Milton Busker: alternative folk-pop musician from Essex Junction.
Donald Hitman: 32-year-old St. Johnsbury man charged on January 17 with first-degree domestic assault for deliberately breaking his wife’s arm.
Joshua Wolf: 33-year-old Derby resident arrested August 7 for alleged repeated acts of stalking.
Jake Butt: Tight end for the University of Michigan football team. (As Butt is 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, make wise-ass jokes at your own peril.)
Wendy Grace: Member of Trinity Episcopal Church-Rutland, who this year accepted an appointment as Diocesan Liaison for Refugee Resettlement.
Terrance Feloney: 57-year-old Huntington man accused August 17 of two counts of violating an abuse prevention order and driving while 
intoxicated.
George Price: Scientist who discovered an equation for explaining the evolution of altruism, then overnight turned into an extreme altruist, giving away everything he owned.
Rene Blais: Ascot Corner, Québec, resident who on September 16 reported his RV was  on fire on Interstate 91 in Barnet. The mobile home was ultimately a total loss.
Karen Wheeler: 57-year-old Readsboro woman whose 2005 Chrysler Town & Country was totaled after her steering malfunctioned, sending her careening off Route 100 in Stamford and striking a tree.

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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

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