Martin Burns set the record straight: >>The authorised origin is: > The story behind Rincewind's name goes back to 1924, when J. B. > Morton took over authorship of the column 'By The Way' in the Daily > Express, a London newspaper. [snip /] I stand corrected! Neat! I'll have to keep an eye out for collections of those! [R]> be more than passingly acquainted with Brecht! >>No, don't get that one, sorry... No. Totally my fault. Typing before thinking .... Again! While I have some familiarity with the longstanding (300+ years counts as 'longstanding', right?) tradition in English literature of using emblematic names; (things like choosing to name a Lothario-like character "Mr. Pinchbottom" for example) ... for some reason whenever I see names of this type I immediately think of Bertold Brecht's 1941 play "Mother Courage". I guess the play had an impact on me. Specifically the aptly and unforgettably named son who is killed in the war.  RonL.  The character's name is "Swiss Cheese". Probably not the best name a soldier could have.