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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.

  • +1 です。「こと」の説明があれば更に良かったと思います。 – l'électeur Jun 13 '15 at 23:05
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    「こと」= "a.k.a." とかでどうですか? – Chocolate Jun 14 '15 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 '15 at 11:39

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