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Today's 100words (and ArtSpark #399)

What's in a name? I don't believe
The rose, re-christened 'snotplant', would appeal
Or smell as sweet, despite young Juliet's protestations.

Names given at birth can mar the bearer's childhood
Or at the very least, shape expectations -
Duncan or Wayne, Katherine or Candice,
An indication of the path predicted.

A family name can be a proud inheritance
Or a barbed chain, wounding as it binds;
To change the name by choice can be a freedom.

The names that are most precious are the secret
Tender names between lovers and cherished friends,
The nicknames, pet names, names learned by heart.

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kitsunecharmed
Oct. 29th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
H'mm. I think, without some kind of intrinsic ickiness, "snotplant" wouldn't stick, as a name, to the rose. People would start to call it by its own characteristics, and that name would squeeze "snotplant" out.

Which brings up all kinds of interesting speculations about people-names...
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