The word of the day is "impression".
What kind of impression do you get when you hear the name Chester? How about Lolita, Jane, or Bob. Let’s take it a step further and consider names like Martha Stewart and Tyler Perry. Each of these names comes with an initial impression, but do these impressions reflect the people carrying the names?
Now, let’s consider the name Chester. I’ll admit that when I hear this name I think: sly, sleazy, trickster, and sometimes even nasty. But how fair is that assessment? Are all the Chester’s of the world guys you have to keep your eye on? Does Lolita have to be a vixen? Maybe she’s just petite and doesn’t like to be called Lola. And who says Jane is so plain? Oh, and “What about Bob?”… Lol, I couldn’t resist 😆. (It’s okay if you don’t get that reference.)
I think maybe the impressions we feel from hearing many names are based on stereotypes we’ve been exposed to for a large portion of our lives. Plus, depending on where you live in the world, the names and impressions may be completely different. Jesus (hey - suse) is a common Hispanic name, but many Anglo English-speaking people still seem a bit confused about this guy with the same name as the Christian savior. Jesus and Jesus Cristo are not the same person.
Today’s post was recently inspired and a bit out of line with my plan for this series, but I think it still works. Next time I’ll be back to talking more about the complexities of the English language.
Can you think of any names that make an immediate impression, positive or negative, when you hear it?
My next post in this series will be August 22 but come back on August 11 to see another animal story from Loki.
Interested in another faulty impression story? Read why Hercules’s life wasn’t all victory and praises at: Hercules: Hero and Victim. Part 2
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