Fohens are identified by single, two-part names, like DerfRitt. Each part is capitalized. The individual is often called by just the first part - Derf. The second part is not a family name. The Fohens do not use family names. The second name is just something that the parents chose because they liked the sound and thought it went well with the first name. Both names are used together with emphasis when chastising an individual. (We do something similar: "Jack Ryan! I told you not to bring home a puppy from that farm auction!") The full name may be used without emphasis in formal occasions or between individuals who are not friends (something like the use of "Sie" in German.)

"In the heartbeat of a desert clam". A Fohen saying meaning "a very short time period." It is derived from the rapid heart rate of the desert clam.


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