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Perfect last name to rep firefighters: Burn

Our former colleague Bob Levey, who penned the “Bob Levey’s Washington” column, was an enthusiastic collector of PFLNs, or “perfect-fit last names,” which he described as “coincidental marriages of name and occupation that sound as if they were made in heaven.”

So with a hat tip to Levey — as well as our colleague Gene Weingarten, who also has a major thing for aptonyms — we present a name that recently came across our desk on a news release: a spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters named Tim Burn.

Asked about his oh-so-perfect surname, Burn deadpanned, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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