What’s in the name?

An aptronym is an apt name that is especially descriptive of or suited to a person. Like someone with the last name of Docter who’s a physician or firefighter named Blaze. My name, in its shortened form, is an aptronym. If you say it quickly, Cliff Oto, it sounds like “Cliff Photo.” I don’t think it influenced my decision to become a photographer, but who knows, maybe I was fated to become one.

In aptronymic fashion, the University of the Pacific Tiger baseball team has a player that who’s appropriately named: infielder Tyger Pederson. I wonder if Pederson also applied to Clemson University or the University of Missouri (both have Tiger mascots). Or perhaps, if he goes on to a professional baseball career,  he can sign with the Detroit Tigers

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