“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Somehow I have never been able to agree with this quote by William Shakespeare.
A name makes all the difference. When our grandson was born, the name given to him by his parents made a difference. It was as if he had acquired a personality of his own.
Recently , while in London we had been to Oxford. It had been a dream to visit Oxford or Cambridge. Oxford is a beautiful place steeped in history. We had joined a walking tour there and it was fun. It was fascinating to see the names of so many eating places and shops. One was named Cape of Good Hope, I wonder why that name was chosen? Another was called Opium Den, Chinese cuisine. I just had to photograph them. Those names added a magic to those places. Some of those names reminded me of the names read in books.
We were standing near a stream and the guide told us that J R R Tolkien had studied and worked here and he must have written The Lord of the Rings there too, if not the whole at least many parts of it. The guide must have been a great fan of Tolkien, he was telling us so much about the writer. For me the place seemed to become a part of Middle Earth. Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite books. I really do not know how many times I have read the book over the years. I just cannot imagine this book being called by any other name.:))
Maybe, once we are used to a given name, it becomes a part of the place or thing or living being. Calling it by any other name seems strange. Over the years our politicians have got into the habit of changing the names of places or roads. I suppose it is their way of thinking they have done something !! But most people just ignore the new name and refer to the place by its old name and many a time when asked by the new name, there is blank look. :))
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables