Friday, March 26, 2010

Sugar, Sugar, Honey Honey

Sugar, ahhh
honey honey
you are my candy girl
and you got me wanting you
The Archies

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

But it ain’t me, babe,
No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe,
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.
Dylan, "It Ain't Me, Babe"

I've never been a "Sugar" or a "Hon" (as in honey). Have I been missing out?

I'm not sure.

Do I want to be a "Sugar"? Or a "Hon"? Is the nomenclature offensive, sexist, non politically correct?


Still my inner non-feminist persona would LOVE to be a 'Sugar' or a 'Honey'. Not really. Joke Joyce. (For US readers, "Joke Joyce" is Australian for - "well I didn't mean it, but ... get real ... ") And why the "Joyce"? A linguistic aphorism and nothing to do with James [Joyce]. 'Joyce' is meant to connotate a silly person. A person who doesn't get the joke.

Baby names. It seems to be an American thing.

I use baby names myself.

I call those close to me "pie", "sweet pea", "pog". But not publicly. And only when referring to people of the opposite sex. Under the age of ten. Or male.

But one has to have STANDARDS. And there IS like it or not, something in how we are, in relation to our names. Imagine for example being called 'Moses'. You would just HAVE to turn out differently than you would, if called Anne, or Kirrallee. Would Ghandi have changed the face of India if he'd been a Jimbo or a Kev? Would Anne Boleyn have married the king of England if she'd been a 'Jill' or a 'Kylie'?

Our mother (and I say "our" deliberately as I am not the only child) used to warn us of the "Waynes", the "Trevors" and the "Kevins" of this world. She had her reasons, and although I've forgotten them, I support her conclusions.

What's in a name?

A lot.

I've noticed for example, that a lot of "customer service people" are called Jason. Why? Or is it me? Do people called "Jason" answer the phone when I call customer service? And if so, why?

Customer UNservice.

Do we get Sebastiens or Olivers answering the phone when we complain about a lack of service?

And if not, why not?


Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Loved that song. In a bit of reverse, Tina calls me honey and I call her sweetie (no feminism objections to those endearing terms in China).

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