Main Sesquipedalian Smith Discussion

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lavendermintrose
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08:16:52 AM Feb 14th 2016
edited by lavendermintrose
Since it seems like this is about the dissonance between given and family name (Aerith and Bob in one person, as it were), are Mercedes Jones, January Jones, etc. examples? They're not Mary Jones, but they're not Hephaestus Jones either... edit: Yeah, the entire "other" section is not this trope. Also a lot of "full-name-of-historical-person lastname" examples are here. Maybe make that it's own trope? Or would there be too many real-life examples (Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver, etc.) and not enough fictional ones (except for the book someone mentioned with Johann Sebastian Bach Smith)?
Wardog2
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04:26:43 PM May 1st 2014
Is Solomon Kane really an example of this trope? They're both unusual (and Biblical / quasi-Biblical) names, rather than the "Fancyname Smith" that the trpe seems to be about.
PaulA
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11:38:56 PM Jan 1st 2012
Please ignore the cut request for this page. It was actually aimed for a misspelled version, but I accidentally spelled the name right.
ShadowHog
10:48:57 AM Jan 6th 2012
edited by ShadowHog
Too late.

EDIT: Well, I went through a crapload of effort to undo the cut and recreate the entire article from scratch just going off of a cached page on Google. You're welcome, glad to be of service.
namboto
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07:23:00 AM Dec 16th 2011
edited by namboto
The name makes it sound like it is talking about a certain type of character that is sesquipedalian. The title has little to do with the trope.
MorganWick
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06:59:13 PM Aug 24th 2010
There seems to be some confusion over what, exactly, this trope is. Some examples have two-syllable first names, some have multi-syllable last names, and I'm not sure whether the emphasis is supposed to be on the asymmetry of syllables or the exoticness of the first name.
FenrirMX
03:38:41 PM Jun 17th 2012
edited by FenrirMX
Also, isn't the trope about interesting and unusual names? I mean, you have Alejandro Sanz, which is just the Spanish equivalent of Alexander, in there. It's hardly an unusual name. And there are several examples in there that are just... wat.
IronLion
01:47:49 PM Jul 1st 2012
The whole thing seems a bit chairsy to me, and at the very least I'd make it In-Universe Examples Only. I can just about buy into the idea that characters are consistently given these names to evoke some kind of coolness, but the same isn't true for real life people.
lavendermintrose
08:15:11 AM Feb 14th 2016
One can only guess if January Jones' parents were going for that, but Moon Unit Zappa, North West, etc. were definitely an attempt at uniqueness. This trope is the specific combination of an out-there given name and a bland family name, and they don't seem to fit. This is about the dissonance.
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