NABOKV-L post 0021748, Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:43:30 -0600

Re: Lance - puzzle
I feel certain that Andrey Vakhrulin is right to connect 1945 with "Anno
Atomus" (taking his word on the Latin), or just as likely, "Atomic Age". As
a search of Google Books will show, the latter phrase immediately became a
cliche. An example in a date is "On the calendar, this is the year 1947.
But it is also the year 2-AA, the second year of the atomic age."

Robert Ducharme Potter, *Young People's Book of Atomic Energy* (1946), p.

For what my guess is worth, the ingenious connection to VN's American
citizenship might have been a private, secondary meaning.

Jerry Friedman

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