What's in a Name?
Although I personally find it a source of annoyance that some people pay
more attention to what a thing is called than to what it is, it is
undeniable that names have significance. A name is the mental handle by
which we allow ourselves to grasp an object or a concept, and as such,
the name by which we know something can have a profound effect on how we
think of it.
When a thing acquires a name, it is almost always for a reason. The
reason may be conscious or unconscious, intended or accidental, considered
or arbitrary. But in any case, each name carries with it a story, and the
story of the name may be considered the beginning of the story of the
thing itself. Here you may read the stories of some of the names associated
- Personal Names
- Place Names
- Identity Crisis
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