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What's in a Name?

Posted on 2009.11.18 at 09:00
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What's in a name? Not much as it turns out. Oh, you can find a whole host of etymological tomes on the history behind personal nomenclatures - problem is, throughout that history no one has ever named the seed of their loin anything which unfolds to become, "Loser" or "Bumbling Oaf" yet the world is filled with such people.

What we have is a rich past filled with people who's names mean, "Strength of Heart" or "Leader of Men." Unfortunately allocation of might or wisdom in a designation does not predispose the individual to that role. At one end of the spectrum your name's meaning is irrelevant, on the other, ridiculous.

And speaking of archaic, my vacation days are based on how long I've been with a company. While that was a great incentive at keeping people at a particular place of business, when the employer is the one reorg'ing people, and laying off and outsourcing, it seems to me a different set of rules ought to apply, as "staying" with the company is no longer the choice of the employee.

Its not that I mind change - I don't. But you absolutely must broaden the scope to include ancillary fallout. To change something without also modifying the rules which apply to it could make it appear that you have no idea what you're doing. If you're going to change the rules, change them all accordingly.

Comments:


drax0r
drax0r at 2009-11-18 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
People getting screwed in sourcing conversion?
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-11-18 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think so, but that's what brought it to the forefront of my mind.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-11-18 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
throughout that history no one has ever named the seed of their loin anything which unfolds to become, "Loser" or "Bumbling Oaf" yet the world is filled with such people.
It may be that your purpose in life is to author the book How to Fail.

To change something without also modifying the rules which apply to it could make it appear that you have no idea what you're doing.
Kinda like the current Healthcare debate?
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2009-11-18 16:29 (UTC) (Link)
It may be that your purpose in life is to author the book How to Fail.

I agree with this. After all, with you as an example for ehowton to study, how could it possibly be anything less than a truly comprehensive tome?
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-11-18 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
I would think that Democrats would provide a much better case study for How to Fail.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-11-18 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to touch on U.S. Healthcare, and had in fact written half a paragraph on it, but its too unwieldy a beast because there are so many different motivations driving it and in fact they are trying to change all of it, comprehensively to their credit.

For the purposes of this entry however, I was simply going to say that the only thing more ignorant than the enormity of the change they're attempting is those who believe a simple answer exists that the Democrats are ignoring.

Again, it boils down to greed. Their greed vs. your greed. Everything I've mentioned here today is touched by it.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-11-18 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
This isn't about whether or not I'm greedy. This is about legalizing theft and making me pay for your insurance. Notice that there is very little health care reform. This whole debate has been about adjusting the cost of insurance and chaining the Invisible Hand of the Free Market.

If government got out of the way and the Market were allowed to do its job, we wouldn't have this problem. Hospitals and physicians would compete which would in turn lower costs. Wealth would be created and the consumer would have the final say in the matter. Instead, as a country we have raised generations that think they are entitled to healthcare, a house, a car and an education without having to work for it. In no way is fighting to keep the God-given right to work, produce and profit so that I as an individual can purchase the goods and services I want and need in any way connected to greed.
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2009-11-18 18:06 (UTC) (Link)
Heh, my birth name means "Rock Strong" I always wonder about the validity of that. My father was stoned when he came up with it.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-11-18 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
Just a breath away from, "Rock Hard."
Samantha
thesweetestnote at 2009-11-18 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. YES!
snapper521 at 2009-11-19 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
In Old Testament days a person's name was a lot more than just a name. It was part of their identity, for example "Jacob" is "heel grabber" because when he was born he was holding on to his brothers heel. His brother, Easu, was "hairy one" of all things! lol

But yes I get your point.

Is your job on the rocks that caused you to add the latter part of this post??
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-11-19 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Is your job on the rocks that caused you to add the latter part of this post??

Not directly, but some of my client co-workers are being outsourced to my company.
snapper521 at 2009-11-19 23:29 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, well isn't that just fun! (not) I'm sorry some of your clients are being outsourced.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-05-20 23:50 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know how I missed this post. The tit for tat between melancthe and schpydurx is just amazing!!!

Edited at 2010-05-21 12:24 am (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-05-21 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
Amazing, yes - good word.
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