How does Oliver Twist get his name?

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Mr. Bumble, the beadle, names the poor, wretched children of the workhouse in alphabetical order. As 'T' is the next available letter in the alphabet when Oliver is born, Bumble comes up with the name Oliver Twist. Dickens, like Bumble, was remarkably skillful at devising unusual, but unforgettable names––Chuzzlewit, Pecksniff, and Pumblechook, to name but three. And Oliver Twist is another memorable addition.

In writing Oliver Twist  Dickens immersed himself in the vigorous slang of London's criminal fraternity, the kind of language spoken by Bill Sikes, Nancy, The Artful Dodger and the rest of Fagin's gang. In the argot of the streets "twisted"...

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mr bumble named oliver as orphans in workhouse was named in alphabetical order. the last one was a s.swabble, then oliver was t.twist.

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