Priss felt in awe of a person who could fasten a name like that onto a baby. “Aren’t you afraid he’ll be called ‘Icky’ in school?”

(Mary McCarthy, The group, 1963)


What a dreadful name!

(William Haggard, The high Wire, 1963)


“What a perfectly ghastly name . . . . I wouldn’t say a word against your mother, of course – . . . . But I can’t possibly call you Imogen.”

(P. G. Wodehouse, Summer Moonshine, 1938)