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What is it called when someone lives up to their name. Their name is Smith and they become one for example.

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    Why, a mynope, of course. – Dan Bron Jun 15 '16 at 10:31
  • @DanBron reading about the mynope here - staggernation.com/mf - the film "Good Will Hunting" springs to mind – Max Williams Jun 15 '16 at 10:53
  • @MaxWilliams Holy crap, a mynope is a real thing? Well, I guess it makes sense. – Dan Bron Jun 15 '16 at 10:54
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    @MaxWilliams One day soon "Studies in Internet Reality" is going to be a major in universities. – Dan Bron Jun 15 '16 at 11:02
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    @MaxWilliams TVtropes calls this phenomenon, when applied specifically to titles, an "Epunymous Title". Found that by going to your staggernation link, finding an example ("Poetic Justice: come on, her name is Justice, and she's a poet?") and then looking that film up in TVTropes to see what titular tropes it'd been tagged with. – Dan Bron Jun 15 '16 at 11:24
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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

  • Nice! A word for everything, we have. – Dan Bron Jun 15 '16 at 10:33
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    Upvote. @DanBron: This is what I love about English – Tushar Raj Jun 15 '16 at 10:45
  • Splatt and Weedon? I'm missing something. – DCShannon Jun 16 '16 at 1:43
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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.

  • I think the spelling is 'aptronym' (but I've seen both) – AmI Jun 15 '16 at 19:19

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