Paper Monitor: A reason to panicos

Nominative determinism is popular in these parts.

The tide of evidence for the theory continues to pile up with the announcement by The Times, that Cyprus's central bank governor is called Panicos Demetriades.

"Mr Demetriades, 54, faces a parliamentary inquiry into the way he continued to channel emergency funding from the European Central Bank to Cyprus's second bank, Laiki, throughout the last election campaign," the paper reports.

Lest we all forget "Cypriots panic as rumours swirl of more bank closures after $10bn bailout", was a headline in the Independent a couple of months ago.

The Times' leader goes to town on the story. "Would birth certificates offer a better guide to economies than budgets and statistics?" it asks.

The New Scientist originally invented nominative determinism, we learn. The magazine had spotted a book about the polar regions by Daniel Snowman and an article on incontinence by AJ Splatt and D Weedon.

If only we'd spotted he'd been called Panicos before, the leader laments. "Here was a man who was perhaps destined to find himself in a predicament likely to induce more panic even than being offered a lift home from a party by Lindsay Lohan."

The closer you look the more plausible the theory becomes. There's Judge Judge, Cardinal Sin, Usain Bolt, Rich Ricci and Scottish chef Tom Kitchin.

Or maybe we're getting carried away by what we read. But then we are called Paper Monitor.

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