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I believe this is because the name element (now) usually expressed "Mc" is actually an abbreviation for "Mac"; at one time, superscript (often with an underline or under dots) was a common way of writing abbreviations without resort to an apostrophe. This is preserved in the symbol № for "number". You can see an example of this in the signature on the ...


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Pronunciation. The 'upper-C' is a type of diacritical mark. In the 'good old days' this used to have a line under the superscript C called macron. All these tend to alter the actual pronunciation of the name. All this is to differentiate between Mick and Mack. The 'upper-C' is denoting the pronunciation to be Mack (as is Old MacDonald). It should also ...


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A maiden name is "the name or surname of a woman before taking her husband's surname upon marriage." (OED Online) In the case of a woman who has never married, any hypothetical marriage and taking of a husband's name would have to be in the future, so the name she legally has now is her "maiden" name. However, this question is often asked as an informal ...


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I would simply write "N/A". Maiden name is the name a married woman had before she got married so it is not applicable to her.


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1. Are there any examples of dogs actually being named "Tiger", let alone a shortened version of "Tiger"? The earliest example I could find of a dog named Tiger is from "Select Poetry, Ancient and Modern, for April, 1791," in The Gentleman's Magazine (1791): The inclosed Occasional Epilogue ["Occasional Epilogue, For Mr. Stanton's Great Dog Tiger"] was ...


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I believe "Tige" is indeed a shortening of Tiger, and would be pronounced like tide with a hard g in place of the d. From a story in the Atlantic Monthly published in 1860, apparently by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr (father of the famous American jurist by the same name): Tiger, or more briefly, Tige, the property of Abner Briggs, Junior, belonged to a ...


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I believe they're called tie rods - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tie_rod There's a famous case of a massive engineering failure involving walkways held up by steel rods - the 1981 Hyatt Regency disaster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse The walkways collapsed onto the people below, and it turned out to be because the steel ...


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The name is an anglicisation of the Irish name Tadhg, meaning poet or philosopher. Other common spellings are Tighe, Teague.


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You might consider the neologism Aptonym aptonym ‎(plural aptonyms) A proper name that aptly describes the occupation or character of the person, especially by coincidence.


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"Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their name. It predicts, for example, that because of their names, the scientists Splatt and Weedon ended up as urologists." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_determinism


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Technically it is called a dash however if you were to use it in a sentence you might use the word 'to' or 'through' in its place but it all depends on context. Example: "Apartment #100 - #102' might be read as 'Apartment number 100 to number 102'



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