The author is being critical of the name, either because it is unusual or unpopular.
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Egbert isnít the sort of namemost fellows would be seendead in a ditchwith.
In the above sentence the narrator is insinuating the name "Egbert" is not a common name, but what exactly the above sentence means?
How does the idiom 'dead in a ditch with" be in another situation, for example ?
It is from the novel 'Grey Mask' by Patricia Wentworh in 1929.
(I am not a native English speaker.)
Thank you so much.
Dead in a ditch has a certain poetical quality to it.
I've more often heard a similar idiom: 'I wouldn't be caught dead...' as in: 'I wouldn't be caught dead wearing something like that!'