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    There is a saying in the Nordic languages being freely translated something akin to "A beloved child is known by many names" putting into words the curious observation that the more we value certain things (a person, an object, phenomena, etc.) the more names we give them. Consider, for example, the many names we have for money, our home town or football team.
    Now the question is, what would be a corresponding idiom in english or latin? Anyone?

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    I can't think of one- we have something that is almost the opposite in Shakespeare's 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'.

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    Default Re: more names, more value

    Quote Originally Posted by Tekno View Post
    . . . Anyone?
    Yes, I am not sure about this, at all. The only time my mother used both my given names, she was angry with me.

    The most common nickname for my hometown is a derogatory one and it would be impolite if used by visitors.

    The idea behind the saying seems to be akin to the many names that the Inuit are supposed to have for snow. As it turns out, that is a myth . . .

    Still, there is a multitude of terms of endearment.

    Steve


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I can't think of one- we have something that is almost the opposite in Shakespeare's 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'.
    Thanks for your suggestion. I agree that there is a connection between the two. Shakespeare's literal gifts obviously transgress mine. Somehow I do not feel ashamed, though.

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