Names are or were at least given to people and places, that reflected the names meaning. Names mean things, for name’s sake, just as all words do. Remember the little saying ” Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never heart me!” My parents also included ” Names ” into the mix of this saying as well. But true names do have meanings. So as all new parents are about to become mom’s and dad’s they pick out names that sound good to say, but will also have some good meanings to them. Each parent hopes their kids will live up to the meanings of their respective names given to them. You wouldn’t like other kids to make fun of your son / daughter, because of some poor thought-out name picked out in a moment of momentary lapse of judgment? Some people change their names legally just for this reasons. I knew a kid who’s last name was ” Doll “, This kid caught hell from all of us kids in school. Not for his last name so much but for the rearranging of his last name to fit funnier with his true first name. ” Hairy “…. we used to changed it up for him. So his last name became his special trade mark, that his parents gave to him. I suppose a poorly picked name to fit with a last name is just plain cruel, or just as cruel as a birthmark that covers one half of your face. Not that this kid had such a birth defect, or mark. His parents must have ben drunk that night they picked out his name. Not to have seen into the future to see all the kidding he was to endure.
So you see the names we pick out for just about everything we choose to name will matter. If you’re trying to plan out a new city and pick out the city’s name to be ” Hell ” well people probably wont like to move there. Just saying. The signs welcoming people as new residents and visitors alike will be to scary. ” Welcome to Hell!” Doesn’t have the right ring to it!
Some city’s named their city’s twice because it sounded so nice. New York New York ( NYC ). Then there is Pairs… to some sounds like the language of love, romantic. No surprise this has recently become a girls name as well. Porsche is also used to name girls. But these names are given, not because of some special meanings they have. But because they sound like some fond memory’s of people, places, great times, experiences, within someone’s life. I personally don’t know about naming kids after real fast sports cars. The fact they are also usually girls who are named this! Gives the wrong impressions anyway. Who as a parent would like their daughter thought of, as fast and fun to drive?
Some times people and the people who run city’s also try to name things like roads, parts of town, parks, mass transit lines, buildings… ect. They some times use acronyms. Like ( NYC ) for New york City, ( NFL ) for National football league. Just to name a few of the acronyms biggies that everyone knows. It makes it easy to advertize things and shorten things up as well. If it is catchy! Then it will brand the place that uses it. Much like the catchy slogans. You know like ” The big apple! ” Everyone knows what being talking about if they use that one.
Just what in god’s name were the city fathers thinking in Seattle, Wa. ? These wizards of super knowledge came up with a mass transit line name of ” South Lake Union Transit ” for their light transit trains that are servicing the South Lake Union area of the city. No real surprise then that someone or prehaps the brain surgeons of the naming comity came up with the acronyms of… wait for it! “ S.L.U.T ” The slogan was also promoted as ” Come ride the S.L.U.T “. You can even buy T-shirts with ” Getting everywhere fast! I ride the S.L.U.T ” I guess you shouldn’t knock it till you have tried it! ( I’m just saying. Not a slogan being used on some shirt. )The problem with names is the unintended misuse of the names by others. By teasing or just rearranging for amusements. But when the city has a hand in the fun of naming mass transit lines like the name S.L.U.T just what are the intended messages that are sent to people by their use? Aw yes! Fun times in the city of Seattle. At least with a shirt like ” I rode the S.L.U.T , seattle, WA.” as the souvenir gift someone gives you. You now have been equipped with some quick knowledge as how this all has happened. Now it is up to your quick wit, to come up with something funny, in answering all the teasing you’re going to get, when you put your shirt on and leave the house. Did my friends really ride some lame mass transit train named the “S.L.U.T“, or is it just some drunken confections they’re trying to make along with some joke, as a gifted T-shirt? For name sake… think some things through please! Before naming something in hast.
All the best!