Today’s Zippy:

I can’t identify the diner, but the names are familiar: Bill Griffith finds -wick names intrinsically funny, and he’s not alone in this.

Sedgewick in an earlier Zippy here, where (talking about names) I said that “Sedgewick has a number of possible sources, and might have been chosen just for its sound.”

Then there’s Fenwick, notably here:

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick is a tiny fictional country created by Leonard Wibberley in a series of comedic novels beginning with The Mouse That Roared (1955), which was later made into a film. (link)

Why –wick names strike many people as silly is an interesting question in itself, and I don’t have a quick answer. (“Just because it is” is not an accetpable answer.)


2 Responses to “Fenwick”

  1. Jonathan Lundell Says:

    The rhyming slang connection? Hampton wick…

  2. Bob Richmond Says:

    What’s funny?
    — Robert Southwick Richmond (my mother’s maiden name)

    The -wick means town or village. Cognate with Latin vicus, Greek (w)oikos.

    In British place names the “w” is sometimes lost – Southwick is sometimes pronounced suthick or sethick in the U.K.

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