Friday, June 15, 2012

Words for names

Not surprisingly, names are quite different here than in Canada.  In particular, I've noticed that some people have names that are words. Adjectives and nouns for positive attributes, to be more precise. For example, I chatted with "Marvellous" at dinner yesterday. Another student is named "Fortunate". And I was just having breakfast with "Trust".

Of course, that does occur in the west sometimes. For example, "Charity", "Faith", "Hope".

I asked Trust about such names, and he told me that it's common practice in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.  He is from Zimbabwe. And sure enough, Marvellous is from Nigeria.

Fortunate is from South Africa, which is -- unfortunately -- a counter-example.

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