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    Do names define people, or do people define names?
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    There's not much in a name. I think there's a lot more to a nickname. Like "Dances with wolves", an earned nickname. Yeah my first name, much like everybody else's, has a meaning attached to it, but that one was lost ages ago.

    But quite frankly I couldn't care less. What's in a name? Not much if you ask me. They are good to keep our thoughts organized, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blanclait View Post
    lol what?
    isn't this the same with everything else in the world?

    Labels like, tree, flower, god, house, pen, etc.

    Sure at first the word "tree" or "bob" has no real meaning. It is merely an agreement.

    "tree" had no meaning when its name was first given.

    But b/c that "green thing" held the title of tree and proclaimed itself as one, it became what "tree" really is.

    I am Bob Smith. This has no meaning, at first. But as you live and proclaim that you are Bob Smith, you in the end become Bob Smith. b/c your unique history/experience, defines who Bob Smith truely is.

    The way I see it, name is a collection of your history & existence. You define it automatically as you live.
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    I like the name I was given so I don't think about this much.

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    "What's in a name, a rose by any other name..."

    On the streets we call it our government name.
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    We have created our "own" names on the forum. It's actually interesting in that in MMOs like warcraft I use a certain name. It really doesn't have any feel to it because I haven't established a feel. Whereas Elaur has a definite idea to a lot of people's heads because it is now an established name (away from this board) - I have friends who I go out with in rl who call me "Elaur" and I call them their online name because that's how we got to know each other.

    So I really don't think it has to do as much with the name as much as how you create your image growing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    We have created our "own" names on the forum. It's actually interesting in that in MMOs like warcraft I use a certain name. It really doesn't have any feel to it because I haven't established a feel. Whereas Elaur has a definite idea to a lot of people's heads because it is now an established name (away from this board) - I have friends who I go out with in rl who call me "Elaur" and I call them their online name because that's how we got to know each other.

    So I really don't think it has to do as much with the name as much as how you create your image growing up.
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    Sure there is such thing as a name. It's a social invention. It exists within the context of a social construct.

    Giving names to people is an observable phenomenon that happens in every culture.

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    I always enjoyed the Earthsea books, where names (in the Old Speech) were actually inherent within the creature or object; and if you knew the essence of someone, then you automatically knew their true name regardless of what their "use name" was.

    Names are pretty important to me, actually. Yes, typically they're just identifiers, but a good name will reflect the person who carries it. It's just that many of us never got the chance to choose our names. I chose mine and it was liberating.

    The online phenomena is actually a pretty remarkable thing: A person can create her own persona online that reflects who she really is, and the power of online personas extends even into the real world, in today's Internet-saturated culture. Usually people in the past were stuck with whatever name they had been assigned by their authorities.
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    And then there's the whole problem that comes with pronouns, when we are called something that can apply to thousands of people, but yet we respond to it just as if we'd been called by our own name.

    I barely recognize Jeremy as my name sometimes. It's not something I'm attached to, but it's just convenient.
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