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    Smile What's in a Name?

    What's in a name?
    - Juliet.

    A name is an appellation.

    appellative
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    title
    cognomen
    epithet
    style
    denomination
    description
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    Is the inquiry of a name psychology or linguistics or both? Or literature? William Shakespeare has Anthony address the Romans:

    Friends: He creates trust.
    Romans: Countrymen: He creates patriotism in time of need. (and succeeded therein: The Civil War started in a jiffy.)
    Any other lit springs to mind? Is there a psychologist or a linguist who ever paid attention to naming?
    Do you name? Why do you name?
    Did you name today, yesterday, a week ago?
    Who did you name? What was your motive? Does your mother or father name? Does your cousin, grandfather, nonno, sister name?

    We see naming is used in political manipulation. It goes the other way, too. The German public appelled Hitler and the Italian public appelled Mussolini the Leader. What was the wisdom in that? What was the political repercussion? Forty million dead?

    Why did Sarah name Gibson Charlie? Why do they say Sarah is stupid? Was it stupid to call Gibson Charlie? She did not only call him Charlie, she was good in calling him Charlie. She could not change Gibson's questions, no. She changed his tone of voice. She changed his body language. She had him cowed. Not much. Gibson is a professional. He had himself in check. Not much, granted. A little was enough.

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    Sexiness is in a name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deja Vu View Post
    Sexiness is in a name.
    A good start.

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    a,e,n,m are all in a name.
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    Smile Give a dog a good name and he sticks to it.

    Adam and Eve named the plants and the animals, and ever since then the first duty of a leader is to name.

    And to name is the greatest and first power of homo sapiens, naming separates us from all the other animals.

    We name and rename. We call and we recall.

    And by naming ourselves, we recall ourselves.

    We call out to one another. We invoke one another.

    We invoke good and evil. We can even invoke a god. Speak of the devil, we say, and he appears.

    Give a dog a good name, we say, and he sticks to it.

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    Some people think names of "sub-genres" (in music) are ridiculous. But I find them useful...for example there is a type of music called "Jungle" but there are many sub genres of Jungle: Darkstep, Drum Funk, Intelligent, Jump-Up, Liquid Funk, Techstep, Neuro Funk, Ragga, etc.... with out those sub genres I would have to explain the sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Adam and Eve named the plants and the animals, and ever since then the first duty of a leader is to name.

    And to name is the greatest and first power of homo sapiens, naming separates us from all the other animals.

    We name and rename. We call and we recall.

    And by naming ourselves, we recall ourselves.

    We call out to one another. We invoke one another.

    We invoke good and evil. We can even invoke a god. Speak of the devil, we say, and he appears.

    Give a dog a good name, we say, and he sticks to it.
    Sarah Palin plays God?

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    I'm not going to lie, wildcat, I'm sort of confused. what's this thread about?:confused:
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    A name is simply a word that can bypass assimilation and provide a familiar understanding for the case at hand.

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    They say it is infinite, the number of names we have for ourselves.
    the formless thing which gives things form!
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