What’s in a name? Shakespeare explored this question in the famous balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet. His answer, “that which we call a rose / by any other word would still smell as sweet” (2.2.43-44).
Apparently, Shakespeare, or Juliet in this case, got it wrong. The majority of my seventh period class, the ones who use their given names, had trouble with the idea that people could be called by a nickname, variation of their name, or even their middle name. Yet, during the reading of To Kill A Mockingbird no one questioned Jean Louise Finch’s nickname “Scout” or Jeremy Finch being called “Jem.”
I guess Chris’ middle name may be Topher; Pat’s middle name may be Rick; and Rob’s middle name may be Bert.
My freshman experience today was realizing not all students finish their thought process before speaking up. Of course, I am guilty of this, too … especially at home.