name game


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  • n. The attempt to identify whether someone is Jewish based upon whether their name 'sounds' Jewish.

Example Sentences

  • My grandmother, falling victim to the Name Game, was certain Bruce Springsteen was Jewish.

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


  • North America
  • Great Britain


  • None


  • From Wiki: "The Name Game" is an American popular music song co-written and performed first by Shirley Ellis[1] as a rhyming game that creates variations on a person's name.[2] Ellis recorded the song in 1964. 
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