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Just found a book and read the synopsis:

余命一週間と宣告された“たまらん”こと玉木走太

Is this equivalent in meaning to 洒落にならない?

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In this particular case, たまらん is his nickname. たま comes from his surname 玉木(たまき), and らん is "run" which comes from his given name 太(そうた). Of course, it's a pun for 堪らん = 堪らない.

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  • +1 です。「こと」の説明があれば更に良かったと思います。
    – user4032
    Jun 13, 2015 at 23:05
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    「こと」= "a.k.a." とかでどうですか?
    – chocolate
    Jun 14, 2015 at 6:36
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    Note that the word before こと is always a nickname, title, or catchphrase of something/someone, and the word after こと is always its official name. If I'm not mistaken, English "a.k.a." is more loose (e.g. it can be used to give an alternative official name for something).
    – naruto
    Jun 14, 2015 at 11:39

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