Derivation by deletion of punctuation

LANGUAGE LOG–There’s a little lake near here called Sob Lake. I only recently learned the etymology of this name. According to Akrigg and Akrigg’s British Columbia Place Names, the lake was originally named by a survey party. Finding the homesteader who lived nearby obnoxious, they recorded their opinion of him by naming the lake “S.O.B. Lake”. The authorities in Victoria, however, felt that this was improper and bowdlerized it to “Sob Lake” by removing the periods. full story

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