In a recent story in The Atlantic, Deirdre Mask marvels at the roster of colorful, alliterative names at NPR.
There are the poetic names: Allison Aubrey, Louisa Lim, Carl Kassell, Susan Stamberg and Corey Flintoff; and then the “mouth-filling double-barreled” names of Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Chana Joffe-Walt, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Dina Temple-Raston, and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
How does NPR do it? Is having a great moniker part of the job description? Even the everyday Michele Norris becomes elevated to the euphonious when pronounced the way she does: “MEE-Shel Norris.”
Listeners have apparently swooned over the names. Restaurants, license plates, and even pets are named after them.