Sunday Summary: Sweet Sixteen of 2015!

Sunday Summary

Happy sixteenth Sunday of 2015! My name-related discovery of the week: every ZipCar has a name. We’re brand new ZipCar members – after two years of playing ice hockey at our local, easily-reachable-by-transit-when-necessary ice rink, our son has graduated to the bigger rink in the ‘burbs. Since we’re a one-car family – and that car […]

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Sunday Summary: 15th of 2015

Sunday Summary

Happy Sunday! Here’s something that’s been on my mind for ages: diacritical marks. No, really. The trema, the diaeresis, the umlaut, the caron, the breve, the circumflex, the cedilla. In American English, we don’t rely on them to tell us how to pronounce words, and they’re often omitted. Even so, we know that cafe is two […]

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Sunday Summary: First of April 2015

Sunday Summary

Earlier this week, I called my doctor’s office. The assistant who answered the phone? Madison. I had a moment of feeling rather old, because until that moment, Madison was always a child. Except that the first wave of Madisons was born in the late 1980s and early 1990s – certainly old enough to be out in […]

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Sunday Summary: Last of March 2015

Sunday Summary

A few days ago, I started a group board called Our Favorite Names on Pinterest, and was so delighted that some of you joined me! You don’t need to be a baby name blogger (though I’m so pleased that Sophie and Kara are there) – all you need is a Pinterest account. It’s so fun […]

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Sunday Summary: Twelfth of 2015

Cinderella quote

I took my daughter to see Cinderella, and I was surprised by how much I loved it. Cate Blanchett’s stepmother reminded me of the stepmother character from Cinder – you don’t like her, but you kind of get her, even though she’s definitely the villain of the piece. And that whole “Have Courage and Be Kind” line? I’m on board […]

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Sunday Summary: Eleventh of 2015

Wayfair

First things first: I’ve been meaning to start an Appellation Mountain newsletter forever, but what would I possibly include? And then you were so lovely with your response to the first Mailbag post that it hit me: that’s the newsletter. A theme of the week, and then answers to reader questions that you won’t find anywhere other […]

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Sunday Summary: Tenth of 2015

Sunday Summary

We still have snow everywhere here in metro Washington DC, and school? What’s school? My kids had three days off last week – in March! But the temperatures are slowly creeping upwards, and I can hear birds singing outside as I write. Plus, it must almost be spring, because March Madness Baby Names launched yesterday! […]

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Sunday Summary: Ninth of 2015

AMheart

I recently linked to this article on the Appellation Mountain Facebook page, and it caused a bit of a stir: Do Weird Baby Names Indicate Selfishness or Love? Yes. It’s a rather dark and dreary piece, but I suspect the author, Joy Pullman, voiced what some – or many – people think. Pullman, who named her son […]

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Sunday Summary: Eighth of 2015

Lately I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey. I had previously stopped watching sometime during Season Three, and you can watch all the way up through the end of Season Five on Amazon Prime. There are dozens of reasons to watch, of course, but the names are definitely a bonus! Season five introduces an Atticus, but it’s really the […]

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Sunday Summary: Seventh of 2015

A curious thing: even though my daughter is the only Clio in her class, and in her entire school, she still signs her school work Clio S. I can’t remember if it happened before first grade, and it may be because this year there are two girls with almost the same name in their class: […]

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