What’s in a name?

You know how sometimes you just look at someone and think, “Yeah. Your name definitely fits you”?

Is it because you can see the name their parents gave them written on their face? Is there something about the lines and dips in their facial features that screams “Sara” or “Cedric”? Or maybe it’s the way they talk or present themselves to everyone around them, a banner of sorts waving their names above them.

But what about the names that we give the people we care about? What makes us call someone else “baby”? Or “kitten”? Or the over-used “bae”? And why, when we’re called these things, do we accept them — own them?

What makes us reject the names like “bitch” or “snob”? Who said that we can’t own these names as well? Why must we say that these are unacceptable but willingly accept something like “babe”?

We’ve decided that the names that we give others or the ones that we receive are important. Whether we like it or not, good or bad, they define us and the people around us. They create our personas, sometimes against our wills, and give us an identity for others to subscribe to.

So what’s in a name? Because a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but we’ve already decided that a rose is perfection, and we wouldn’t view it the same by calling it a dandelion.

Until tomorrow,



One thought on “What’s in a name?

  1. Snoskred says:

    Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad, and I like to think that Aaron Paul via Jesse Pinkman has forever changed the meaning of the B word for those of us who watched it. This statement will likely make no sense if you haven’t seen the show, though. πŸ™‚

    A thought provoking post.. It is funny because I have been adding about 200 blogs into the feed reader today and sometimes the name of a blog is very interesting and it makes me wonder why people chose it. πŸ™‚

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I am also adding participating blogs to my feed reader. So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, whenever you publish a post I will see it. πŸ™‚

    I have created three bundles on Inoreader so that bloggers can easily visit other participating NaBloPoMo bloggers which you can find here –


    Your blog is in the second bundle.. I also have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. πŸ™‚

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!

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