Ranto Appendix – W

ONOMASTICS

If you were looking for the Misshapes section, that's been promoted into the comedy addenda as Appendix Ĥ.  Taking its place is a “Why the Name?” page.

Dr L. L. Zamenhof didn't name his brainchild Esperanto.  People called it that because of the pseudonym he published it under: la Doktoro Esperanto, “Doctor Hopeful”.  There are a number of odd things about this phrase, but I'm not setting out to claim that there's anything unusually terrible about it.  Quite the opposite – I'm picking it as an arbitrary high‐profile testcase, to demonstrate the standard of workmanship to be expected from the whole language.