Creating new accounts for my blogging self here and there around the internet — for example, at The Chronicle of Higher Education, so I could comment on Tenured Radical‘s posts — has made me realize that Dr. Virago seemingly has no first name. So I thought I should fix that. I’ll still *post* as Dr. Virago — I like to be formal in “print” — but you all have now known me for years (or many of you have) and we should be on a first name basis. Plus, I needed one to sign up for the Chronicle commenting if I didn’t want a record out there to associate my real name with Dr. Virago.
So now Dr. Virago has a first name, and it is Eve.
Of course it is. What else *could* it be? It’s actually short for Evangeline, which scans better with Virago, but is such a mouthful. And the full name? Evangeline Marie Virago. Because every baptized Catholic girl should be Something Marie or Something Anne or Mary Something. And because Evangeline Virginia Virago was a just a little too over the top. 🙂
PS — I like making up names, and the fancier and more old-fashioned, the better. Bullock and I have scads of imaginary children that I’ve named: Matilda Louise, Miles Joseph, Oliver Charles, Annabel Jane, and so on. He put his foot down over Felicity Rose, though. Really, in real life, I said, “Bullock, what about ‘Felicity Rose’ for one of our imaginary children?” And he said, “No, I don’t like ‘Felicity.’ I have to nix that one.” “So you’re putting your foot down over the name of an imaginary child?” I asked. “Yes, yes I am,” he replied firmly. Alrighty then!