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I was asked by an ex radio officer who is my old friend that he wanted to name his son ‘Sparky’ because the teachers of his son wanted him to have an English name.

And my friend asked me whether it was spelled as ‘Sparky’ or ‘Sparkey’
I scratch my head for I have never heard someone who is called Sparky and only know that ‘Sparky’ is a lingo for ‘radio operator’ on board of ocean-going vessels.

I’d like to know how come they get ‘Sparky’ for radio operator.
 

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I was asked by an ex radio officer who is my old friend that he wanted to name his son ‘Sparky’ because the teachers of his son wanted him to have an English name.

And my friend asked me whether it was spelled as ‘Sparky’ or ‘Sparkey’
I scratch my head for I have never heard someone who is called Sparky and only know that ‘Sparky’ is a lingo for ‘radio operator’ on board of ocean-going vessels.

I’d like to know how come they get ‘Sparky’ for radio operator.

The nickname 'Sparky' comes from the word spark gap, an early transmitter design which used electrical sparks to generate radio frequency oscillations. The radio would emit sparks of electricity.

Aside from radio operators and electricians, "Sparky" is a popular nickname for people/animals who are lively and full of energy.

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A 'sparky idea' is one that is imaginative, lively and creatiive.
 

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Anonymous said:
I was asked by an ex radio officer who is my old friend that he wanted to name his son ‘Sparky’ because the teachers of his son wanted him to have an English name.

And my friend asked me whether it was spelled as ‘Sparky’ or ‘Sparkey’
I scratch my head for I have never heard someone who is called Sparky and only know that ‘Sparky’ is a lingo for ‘radio operator’ on board of ocean-going vessels.

I’d like to know how come they get ‘Sparky’ for radio operator.

In my opinion, Sparky makes a better nickname than a given name. It will work fine when the boy is a child, but it might not be taken seriously in his adult life.
 

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In my opinion, Sparky makes a better nickname than a given name. It will work fine when the boy is a child, but it might not be taken seriously in his adult life.

John "Sparky" Kerry for Prez :)
 
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Casiopea, tdol, MikeNewyork, Thank you!
This thread was started by me.

It is very interesting to read the origin of ‘sparky’ by Casiopea. At first I guessed that in the old days transmitters used tubes to function and the salty air at sea is very moist, as a result when radio operator sending Morse Code, sparks were seen.

I have ridiculed my old friend that if he named his son sparky, your son would follow his foot-step. However he disliked the job as seaman very much.
 

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Casiopea said:
MikeNewYork said:
In my opinion, Sparky makes a better nickname than a given name. It will work fine when the boy is a child, but it might not be taken seriously in his adult life.

John "Sparky" Kerry for Prez :)

That's bad enough (and a bit of an oxymoron). Now, suppose that there was no "John". Vote for Sparky -- the serious candidate. :roll:
 

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Casiopea, tdol, MikeNewyork, Thank you!
This thread was started by me.

It is very interesting to read the origin of ‘sparky’ by Casiopea. At first I guessed that in the old days transmitters used tubes to function and the salty air at sea is very moist, as a result when radio operator sending Morse Code, sparks were seen.

I have ridiculed my old friend that if he named his son sparky, your son would follow his foot-step. However he disliked the job as seaman very much.

I have a colleague who named his son "Zigmont". I feel very bad for the child. Frank Zappa, a rock singer, named his two children Moon Unit (girl) and Dweezil (boy). Yeech! :lol:
 

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But Frank Zappa was great! ;-)
 

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MikeNewYork said:
I have a colleague who named his son "Zigmont". I feel very bad for the child. Frank Zappa, a rock singer, named his two children Moon Unit (girl) and Dweezil (boy). Yeech! :lol:

Here are the names of three people I know personally:

Harry Hoal, Iona Hoover, and Stewart Standing-on-the-Road

:shock:
 

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Hong Kong Chinese said:
I have ridiculed my old friend that if he named his son sparky, your son would follow his foot-step. However he disliked the job as seaman very much.
I think ridiculed is a little too strong a word here. Try:
  • I have teased my old friend that if he named his son Sparky that his son would follow in his footsteps. However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.

:)
 
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Good morning Sir RonBee

Sir RonBee, many thanks!

What does it mean to follow in somebody's footsteps?

Link:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?
key=30149&dict=CALD

However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.

I think it would be better to use present tense in this sentence as he still dislikes his job as seaman although he has sought a shore job a long time ago.
 

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Sir RonBee, many thanks!

What does it mean to follow in somebody's footsteps?

Link:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?
key=30149&dict=CALD

However, he disliked his job as seaman very much.

I think it would be better to use present tense in this sentence as he still dislikes his job as seaman although he has sought a shore job a long time ago.

I agree. If he is still working at the job then present tense would be better. (You don't need to use the past perfect in that sentence.)

(Thanks for the link, but I wasn't asking a question. I was trying to get people involved in our discussion (English Idioms and Sayings).)

I've never known anybody named Sparky, but Radar (a character in the MASH series) had a friend named Sparky. Sparky was never seen, but Radar talked to him on the radio.

:)

 

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Red5 said:
But Frank Zappa was great! ;-)

Especially live. Just to let you know, as I'm sure you didn't get the chance to see him in his glory. ;-) <smug> :lol:
 

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Casiopea said:
MikeNewYork said:
I have a colleague who named his son "Zigmont". I feel very bad for the child. Frank Zappa, a rock singer, named his two children Moon Unit (girl) and Dweezil (boy). Yeech! :lol:

Here are the names of three people I know personally:

Harry Hoal, Iona Hoover, and Stewart Standing-on-the-Road

:shock:

:lol:
 
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