September 20th, 2011
Longtime loyal reader Christina Fonseca came to me with a refreshingly fun concept, and fully fleshed out post entitled “Change a Letter, Change a Gender.” The idea? You alter one letter in a name, and it goes from a girl’s to a boy’s name, or visa versa.
Rocco –> Rocio. Rocco is an old male saint’s name, and Rocio, which means dewdrop in Spanish, is a commonly given girl’s name in Mexico.
While Christina has probably thought of every configuration under the sun, I thought it would be fun to turn this into a challenge.
How many examples can YOU come up with?*
A few more examples to get the full concept:
Mark –> Mary
Will –> Jill
Glen –> Gwen
*If you want to make it really challenging, see how long a chain you can make, going back and forth between male and female names by changing only one letter each time.
Christina’s full list will be up on Friday morning.
Christina’s list of the Change A Letter, Change A Gender came in several installments.
Change a Letter -> Change the Gender
And then there’s Elie, as in Elie Weisel:
Rue Rui (Portuguese name)
and I’m adding one more: Theodora –> Theodore. Can you still think of more that haven’t been found?