Saturday, December 13, 2008

What's Up With "BrooklynDodger(s)"?

BrooklynDodger(s) comment: The premier public health blog is Effect Measure. Anyone reading this blog surely reads that. The authors of Effect Measure say they are plural and cognomenize themselves as the Reveres and gender identify by adding a "Mrs. Revere" to their narrative.

[Yes, the Dodger(s) had to look up the spelling and confirm the definition: Cognomen is "A name, especially a descriptive nickname or epithet acquired through usage over a period of time."]

So the Dodger(s) [formerly the Dodger] invoke the ambiguity of number and gender, at the cost of a pronoun. And, the Dodger(s) further note that "Brooklyn" may be a state of mind, not a place, and that the team formerly known as the Brooklyn Dodgers has now played more games in Los Angeles than in Brooklyn.

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