Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reverb10 - New Name

December 23 – New Name Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why? (Author: Becca Wilcott)
I've always asserted that a strong -- likely one syllable name -- is what makes a man. I'll venture out on a limb and say that, as a country, we'll never see a male president with the name of Tracy or Kim. Darryl sounds a bit too backwoods and even my own name -- which I'll omit for my own privacy -- will probably hold me back from having a position of great power because it is a two syllable name.

Having said that, a powerful name with a certain punch is what makes a great name for a guy. Doug, Mark, Paul, Zack, Chris, Matt... those are all somewhat powerful, punchy, one syllable names and while I feel that I've grown into my name, I'd choose any one of those names I mentioned as my own. I think that, specifically, Mark or Doug would be appropriate names. Of course I picture Marks with thick, luxurious beards and Dougs to be almost always sporting a well-work baseball hat outside of their work environment. I'm also a strong advocate that a last name ending in an 'N' should never be paired with a first name ending in the same letter. It's one of my grammatical sticking points because it can lead to a serious case of mushmouth. It certainly doesn't lead to a fluid pronunciation of said name but being saddled with what the very grammatical sticking point I described, maybe you should just call me Doug because I don't have the patience to grow a thick, woodsman-like beard.

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