Category Archives: parts of speech

The Complete List of “Spoonerized” MLB Names

Last month we introduced the concept of “spoonerized” names.  A “spoonerism” is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase.  Fans of … Continue reading

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The VORG is Rooting for Dean Anna

In the days leading up to, and the weeks after the Robinson Cano deal with the Mariners, the Yankees have seemingly turned over every stone looking for a live body to man second base.  One small move, made primarily for … Continue reading

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Players with Alphagrammatic Names

An alphagram of a word (or of any group of letters) consists of the word’s letters arranged in alphabetical order. For example, the alphagram of marlins is ailmnrs (no, its not “LOSING” . . . quiet down in the peanut … Continue reading

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They Are Who We Thought They Were (with a slightly different name)

Sometimes you’ll be having a conversation with friends about ballplayers, and you’ll mistakenly mention someone with a very similar name to the one you are actually describing. For example,  perhaps you meant to talk about the white, 46-year-old former reliever … Continue reading

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Noun You Tell Me!

In the aftermath of the “Verb Players” post, reader Kurt Blumenau lamented to me: Shame Emil Verban and Joe Verbanic didn’t qualify. I then wondered if there were any players whose names were the same as the actual parts of … Continue reading

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“Verb” Players

While doing some research for the recent PIPA/SOPA brouhaha (and wouldn’t “PIPA SOPA Brouhaha” be a great band name?), I came across this player.  After the 12-year-old in me got finished giggling, I wondered how many other players had verbs … Continue reading

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