June 16, 2021

Hi, I’m MInTheGap the Blogger

Joe the Plumber

Names can be funny things.  In my Junior year at Bob Jones University I took History of Civilization and one of the fun parts was hearing the different appellations that were given to various people based on characteristics.

People like Louis VI the Fat, Charles the Great, Pippin the Short now make way for Joe the Plumber and Peggy the Moocher and Belinda the Jeweler.

And here I thought we all have last names to make identifying us easier!

So, in honor of this new trend, please comment below as to what your name would be in this new style (either in the name field of the comment box or in the text itself) and let me know what you think of this new trend!

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5 thoughts on “Hi, I’m MInTheGap the Blogger

  1. Well, I wouldn’t mind it too much as long is it was made up by me or someone who liked me…Otherwise, ouch! They could come up with some hum-dingers.
    (And I’d be “Erin the Redhead”)

  2. My favorite appellation was the Anglo-Saxon king known as Ethelred the Unready, who ruled England about half a century before William the Conqueror did his thing in 1066. It seems that Ethelred was never ready when the Danes were ready to attack England. It was probably an unfair characterization, but it stuck. Dr. Panosian would also share a few gems from “1066 and All That” [a parody on English history] when covering this period of history. The money quote about Ethelred was that he was so clueless that he was “even caught unawares by his own death.”

    I also like Abraham Lincoln’s comment concerning his general George McClellan. Lincoln was critical of McClellan’s frequent reluctance to go on the offensive in the early months of the Civil War. Lincoln sardonically said of his general: “McClellan is ALWAYS almost ready to fight,” or words to that effect. Later on, when some criticized U.S. Grant’s style, Lincoln succinctly said of Grant, “At least he fights!”

    And then I could talk about Pepin the Short’s wife, Bigfoot Bertha, but I will resist the temptation.

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