Literal surnames to be reintroduced
MEDIEVAL-STYLE surnames that describe a person’s job or characteristics are to be brought back, the government has announced.
The move will make it easier to assess someone’s suitability for a job or social interaction thanks to surnames such as Electrician, Accountant, Friendly, Pisshead and Twat.
A government spokesman said: “In the past, someone called John Swift was probably a fast runner. Obviously times change, so now he’d be called John Tubby-Waddler.
“Similarly, someone called John Fletcher would have made arrows. Of course with the decline of manufacturing in the UK and reduced demand for arrows, nowadays he’d be called John Telesales, John Barista or John Jobseeker.
“Surnames even described people’s personalities. For example, the common name Vaisey comes from an archaic term for ‘cheerful’. So you can soon expect to meet people called Peter Arsehole or Rachel Vindictive-Cow.”
The spokesman added that if crime-related surnames, such as Simon Murderer and Barry Insurance Fraudster, had been introduced earlier it “would have saved a lot of police time”.
Office worker Tom Logan said: “I am not looking forward to being renamed Tom Office-Drone, although deep down I know it is completely accurate and slightly preferable to Tom Failure.
“One thing’s for sure, it’s not going to improve my chances with the incredibly attractive work experience girl, Emma Out-Of-Your-League.”
However the government admitted the scheme had been delayed while Oxford English Dictionary editors attempted to find a non-obscene replacement for ‘Duncan Smith’.