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Why are Hurricanes named after women?

The perceptive Mr. J. K. Wijedasa has made topical comments on this question (Naming of Hurricanes, The Island, 10 October, 2005). He quoted, for example that we recently had Typhoon Katrina, then Hurricane Rita, and earlier Storm Arlene, and we all hope that the last will be Storm Wilma. More women have been made famous – Agnes, Betty, Dawn, Edna, Harriet and so on. Women should be pleased. The calling of names, can, on the other hand, can turn out to be an invidious trap, a psychopathological matter (alleged differences between Man and Woman), a sociological problem (gender discrimination), a topic in marital biology, or a mere literary matter (the tradition of Eponyms). This problem was commented on in an erudite article by Art Buchwald in the International Herald Tribune, and to quote him: -Read More...

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