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lidija68  Identity Verified
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Galina Sep 24, 2017

Russian feminine name Galina in Italy. Gallina (pronunciation is almost identical) in Italian means hen (adult female chicken)

 

Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
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@Jack Sep 24, 2017

I thought that firm was an invention of "Private Eye"!

 

Tom in London
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Head Sep 24, 2017

"Head" is quite a common surname. I wonder how it feels to be called Richard Head.

 

Inga Petkelyte  Identity Verified
Portugal
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Happens but Sep 24, 2017

Viesturs Lacis wrote:

4) Apparently, Pimpis is an ordinary Lithuanian surname. However, I'm aware of at least two examples when a Soviet-era public announcer has stammered over the name and deliberately mangled it, as the Latvian word is a crude reference to the male sex organ.


Where did you get that? Such surname does exist but oridinary it is not. I would definitely change it if I happened to have one as in Lithuanian it means the same as in Latvian


 

Federica74
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My own surname! Sep 25, 2017

When I worked as Project manager in a translation company a customer couldn't help laughing at me because she said that my surname, Gozzi, in Farsi sounded like "to fart"!

Please tell me this is not true!

[Modificato alle 2017-09-25 07:59 GMT]


 

Oksana Weiss  Identity Verified
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Anton Sep 26, 2017

Anton in Odessa stands for male reproductive organ. Those having to bear this name in Odessa say: "Name me Tosha" to avoid the confusion.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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A fictitious firm of lawyers Sep 26, 2017

Jack Doughty wrote:

(Unfortunately it no longer exists).

SUE, GRABBIT & RUNN LIMITED

56/60 Hallum Street, London, W1N 5LH


Uriah Catchem and Isaac Cheatham

(U Catchem & I Cheatham) - quoted by my father on numerous occasions.

https://esnpc.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/i-catchem-and-u-chetem-fraudulent-true.html


 
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