A rose by any other name is still a noun

My sister is expecting another child! Woo! Congrats Sis!

In light of the thoughts of another tiny person in our extended family, Jen and I were playing a name game on a recent long car drive connecting names with parts of speech.

It started simply enough: go back and forth naming different names that were nouns or homophones for nouns: Rose, Sander, Ray, Grace, Skye, Mason, Penny

Then? Verbs or homophones for verbs:
Chase, Peter, Bill, Mark, Josh, Chuck

BUT! The real excitement came when we started looking for names that are also ADVERBS or homophones for verbs.
Reminder: an adverb describes a verb, like the words quickly or sneakily.

After two hours or so I came up with one such name. Can you think of it (or others?)

5 thoughts on “A rose by any other name is still a noun

  • 8/12/2015 at 2:18 pm

    Some more verbs:

    The woman who runs/owns Tech Cleaners in Worcester is named Soon. Totally an adverb.

    • 8/13/2015 at 9:19 am

      Nice!! Also, you’ve nailed one of the few adverbs that doesn’t end in LY.

      Your submission is not the adverb I was thinking of. I would suggest that mine is slightly more common in the United States. I can think of at least one other (like Soon) that is rare but accurate: Early. I’ve heard of people named Early.

      Also not the one I had in mind. We’re up to three.

      Hint: The one I came up with is a homophone.

      • 8/14/2015 at 6:55 pm

        I volunteer with a woman named Daly, pronounced Daily. Is that it?

        • 8/16/2015 at 11:10 am

          Another decent one!

          The two that we came up with were:
          Riley – Wryly (this one was mine)
          Shirley – Surely (this one was Sander’s)


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