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    facetious name

    Would you please explain what is "facetious name" used here?

    "Often the slave rejected the facetious name and used one of his own choosing: for example, in the more detailed crime records a slave might be identified as 'Scipio of Bengal, known round about as Kees."

    https://books.google.com.tr/books?id...ame%22&f=false

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    Re: facetious name

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Facetious - joking or jesting often inappropriately

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facetious
    What is the differnce between 1 and 2. I think they are almost the same.
    meant to be humorous or funny : not serious a facetious remark
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    Re: facetious name

    The facetious name would appear to be the one that they were given as a slave, so not their real name, and presumably meant to be funny. This one is presumably a variation on this person's name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scipio_Africanus

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