Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
I prefer Olive to so many of the names out there where parents are trying way to hard to be different or cool, or SOMETHING. We know folks who have multiple kids and all of their names are just odd. We actually find ourselves commenting on the names chosen that are on the more normal side of life because so many think they have to be so different. While I do see the benefit of not choosing the "names of the decade" whatever they may be, I think too many people just try so hard to make a statement of some kind with their kids' names.
I see a lot of kids in my workplace. I recently met a Bynjymyn. Pronounced Benjamin.
All my life, I have felt destiny tugging at my sleeve.~ Thursday Next
I don't want to "go with the flow". The flow just washes you down the drain. I want to fight the flow.- Henry Rollins
All this spiritual talk is great and everything...but at the end of the day, there's nothing like a pair of skinny jeans. - Jillian Michaels
Can't forget Ethan, Jacob or Aiden, either!
I used to really like the names Connor and Aiden. Now, not so much. Give me an Olive (not Olivia - again, used to really like it) or a James. And I apparently stand alone in liking the name Edith. To some people it's middle-aged woman, to me it's the middle-ages.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. - H.L. Mencken .
My thinking is a little different. My name is Judith and when I was a kid, there were so many Judy's, Barbaras, and Lindas around, many of us with the middle name Ann. I so wanted a more unique name, and admittedly I still do. In my culture, tradition says that a baby should be name for a relative no longer living. I was named after one of my father's brothers and would have been Julius if I had been a boy. I had four cousins name Julius. So, I guess I think that parents should be able to name their babies what they want. It's become easy enough for anyone legally change his/her name, anyway.
That's probably why I try to give my characters more exotic names when I write fiction or play rpg's.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
If you type "google" into google you can break the internet.
I knew a guy named Junius, in my stepson's class was a girl named Marijuana, and one girl named Timothy.
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer.
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
I have a relative --- a woman --- whose legal first name actually IS:
Needless to say (but I'm GOING to, ANYWAY), SHE DOES NOT USE IT AND NEVER HAS.
Matter of fact, most people that know her THINK her first name is the middle name she uses, and always has!
Olive, or Manola?
Hell, I think I'll go with OLIVE!!!!!!
"In a world of pollution, profanity, adolescence, broccoli, zits, ozone depletion, racism, sexism, stupid guys and PMS, why the hell do people still tell me to have a nice day?" - Unknown
Spring 2016 FoRT Yearbook Title: "Most Likely to Make a Short Story Long, and a Long Story LONGER!"