Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Nomenclature

In a recent post someone mentioned how words lose their meaning repeated enough times. Last night, for whatever reason, I started getting into this little game with my name, repeating it over and over and thinking about it's essential meaninglessness. And then today, checking my MySpace account, I was invited to join a group called "Bunch of Brendans." This is the second time I've been invited to this group, and the first time I didn't even look through it, but today it was disturbing to scroll through Brendan after Brendan, each of whom had a face that wasn't my face. I felt slighted, reduced to a mere nominal category, a member of mammalian Phylum, Genus Homo, Species Brendan, rose is a rose is a rose.

4 comments:

RosemaryRuth said...

Where are all these Roses that are Roses that are Roses?

Brendan said...

hehe, well I only know one Rose that's worth it's salt...

Simulacrum said...

the social security administration website ranks the 1000 least unique names in any given year.

http://ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html

RosemaryRuth said...

#395!!!
Take take that all you Jennifers!