What’s In a Name?

As Mr. Sloane pursued his investigation of the phenomenon, he discovered that a Dr. Trevor Weston of the British Medical Association had corroborated his finding. Dr. Weston had studied British mortality rates over a decade, finding that people whose names began with letters ranging from “S” to “Z” had a life expectancy which averaged twelve years fewer than the rest of the population. Furthermore, those at the bottom of the alphabet tended to contract more ulcers, were more susceptible to heart attacks, and were more likely to be neurotic than those at the top of alphabet.

  • phenomenon – a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause or explanation is in question
  • corroborated- confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding).
  • ulcer- maag, bisul, borok
  • susceptible – rentan
  • neurotic – sakit syaraf, terlalu gelisah



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