Post by Oleg Lego Post by Evan Kirshenbaum Post by Oleg Lego Post by Evan Kirshenbaum Post by Skitt Post by Oleg Lego Post by Claude Weil
Another ambiguous first name, i.e. either male or female, is
I have only recently heard of "Dominique" being used as a male
name, when a local football team imported a player named
Dominique Dorsey. I thought it quite odd, since there are a
number of male variants of the name (Dominic, Dominick), though
because the player is a black fellow from the US, it didn't
surprise me much. There are many such that have names I've never
No basketball for you!
According to the Wikipedia article on him, his full name is Jacques
Dominique Wilkins. He was born in Paris.
Dominique Dorsey's full name is Jaques Dominique Wilkins?
Dominique Dorsey plays basketball?
No idea. He might, in the off-season. I mentioned football as his
sport. You did mention basketball, but without any indication as to
why. I gather from your current response that you were implying that
someone named "Dominique", who is a male, plays basketball.
Skitt mentioned basketball, almost certainly alluding to Dominique
Wilkins, whose Hall-of-Fame professional career began the year before
Dominique Dorsey was born and, I suspect, may well have been the
inspiration for Dorsey's name.
The secondary reason that I posted was your "because the player is a
black fellow from the US, it didn't surprise me much", since Wilkins,
the main male "Dominique" that most sports fans in the US would know,
*isn't* from the US, but rather France.
Post by Oleg Lego Post by Evan Kirshenbaum
(I'll leave it to someone else to ask whether the game he plays is actually football.)
Well it is actually football, though NFL snobs will contend that it
isn't. We, of course, don't consider the aficionados of upstart
leagues that use "Canadian Football Made Easy" rules, to be
authorities on the subject of what constitutes football.
The "upstart league" isn't the one that still thought of itself as
playing rugby until the 1950s?
All kidding aside, I do know that the two codes are about as old, with
ideas early on flowing both ways, but I had thought that most of the
things that made football football (e.g., forward pass, blocking,
protective equipment) were American innovations rather than Canadian
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