What’s in a name – and title? (2)

A week ago, I did a posting on a bizarre German political scandal about the Defence Minister who was accused of plagiaring his doctorate. As fun as the issue is his name: Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester, Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg or simply Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg or – as his friends call him – just KT.

In the course of the scandal, the media has dubbed him Baron Cut-and-Paste, Zu Copyberg and Zu Googleberg plus the Minister for Self-Defence. Previously the most popular politician in Germany, now it’s all proved too much – and he’s resigned, as reported here.


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