Sketchplanations

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Nominative determinism

The idea that people might inadvertently be drawn to careers related to their names. Sort of the opposite of someone with a surname of Baker because the family was once bakers, and instead suggesting that, if you are called Baker, you might unknowingly gravitate towards a career in baked goods.

Apparently coined in the New Scientist by reader C. R. Cavonius after people kept submitting examples, including those in the sketch. More examples here.

HT: Chris Hey

A few more:

Les McBurney — Volunteer firefighter

Dr. Lauren Hyman — Gynecologist

Dr. Chip Silvertooth — Dentist

Paul Schwinghammer — Contractor

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