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Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. Avatar Brandon Berg
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    For as long as I can remember, Mabel has been an old woman’s name. Logically I know they must all have been young once, but it’s still weird to imagine a schoolgirl named Mabel.

    Though apparently there’s a popular young English singer named Mabel. I wonder if it made a comeback in the 90s.

    “Mash note,” it turns out, is slang for love letter. Supposedly it comes from a Romani word for admirer.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg in reply to Brandon Berg
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      Speaking of Romani, I always wondered why it was named after Rome. It turns out that there’s no etymological connection at all, with Romani being derived from a Sanskrit word for entertainer and Rome being derived from a personal name.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Brandon Berg
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      There are some names that seem reserved for senior citizens even if they were popular at time. Mabel, Edith, Irving, and Alfred are examples of these names. I can’t imagine anybody young having these names even though that is impossible. I’m guessing that when people holding these names were young, they got referred to be by nicknames.Report

      • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to LeeEsq
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        I assume you guys have seen the various baby name statistics? It’s particularly good in the US post Social Security; since 1950 its interesting to see how names quickly go in and out of fashion (and conversely some don’t). “Old” names sometimes come back with a vengeance usually owing to a pop-culture reference.

        We’re one viral TikTok moment from Mabel dominating baby names for an entire year.Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Marchmaine
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          In fact, if you plug in Mabel, it turns out that the name was *very* popular in the 20s-30s and then fell off a Baby name cliff in 1964. But, good news, its seeing a resurgence since 2013 and was the 436th most popular name in 2018!

          So, look for a rash of movies in approx 2035 with the cute MPDG named Mabel.Report

  2. Avatar North
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    Think that’s Mom, Dad, sister and Grandmother in the picture. Classical multi-generational housing.Report

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