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What's In A Name? 
1st-Jun-2012 01:15 pm
HarperNose
Juliet:
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
Nor arm nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.

Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2



Poll #1844253 What's in a name

If parents decide to name their newborn child Patience, do you think that the child has a greater than average chance of growing up to become a patient person?

Yes
6(10.9%)
No
49(89.1%)
Comments 
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1st-Jun-2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
In the book Freakanomics, the authors tell the story of a family who named their sons Winner and Loser. Winner ended up in prison and a career criminal, while Loser became a decorated police detective. Things that make you go hmmm.
2nd-Jun-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I would very, very heavily side-eye anyone who believed it would make a difference.
2nd-Jun-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
Why? Diversity of opinions (and diversity generally) is what makes the world an interesting place.
2nd-Jun-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
I don't think it'll affect the child's patience, but I do think it will increase how aware other people are of the child's patience throughout life.
2nd-Jun-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
While I, contra Shakespeare, consider the choice of a name to be of incredible importance in terms of determining how someone will act, and will be treated, I think that an "aspirational" name, such as Patience, is not likely to impart those virtues. In fact, I would suspect that it is likely to create the reverse, n.b. my ancestor named "Submit," who by all accounts did everything but.

If you want a child to be patient, name them something like "Zyx."
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