Day 1- The Button: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette.

I would not consider myself an obsessive type, but I must admit that I am fascinated with origins and meanings of words and names. There’s a name for it you know, but I’ll save that topic for another day…Already thirsty for more? Check out this link on “obsession” to wet your whistle.

For the next 30 days I’ll be writing about the meaning of names and some words. While I will be focusing a great deal on myself and the characters I’ve created, I’ll be relating it all to everyday life and things that I find interesting, and hopefully you will too.

This is Day 1 so I figured I’d explain my button in case anyone hadn’t yet quite figured  out what I was thinking when I made it.

The image is a visual remark on the complexity of the English language. In it we see a bow, a bow, a bow, and two people bowing. Then there is the mention of Beau, not someone’s lover or boyfriend, but he could be.

You see, the spelling of each of these words is the same, but the meanings and even the pronunciations can be very different. Am I a total geek or is this really cool?

Well, that’s all I have for today. Please see below for a preview of what I’ll be sharing all month-long. Links will not be active until the posts go live, but go ahead and peruse them anyway. They are all active now.


Day1– The Button | Day 2Onomastics | Day 3Etymology| Day 4Nomenclature
Day 5Namesake | Day 6Character | Day 7Branding | Day 8Blessing
Day 9Curse | Day 10Alias | Day 11Nicknames | Day 12Identity
Day 13Meaning | Day 14Function | Day 15Description | Day 16Calling
Day 17Titles | Day 18Suffix | Day 19Prefix | Day 20Affix
Day 21Label | Day 22Personality | Day 23Signature | Day 24Voice
Day 25Language | Day 26Orthography| Day 27Moniker
Day 28Spiritual/Religious Names | Day 29First Name
Day 30Surname | Day 31Names

Outside of my own personal search throughout the years, basic meanings and definitions of the terms used here can be found at the following websites:, Google search, and

Learn more here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I'm a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I'm educated, but I haven't let that stop me from being who I want to be. I'm a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

4 thoughts on “Day 1- The Button: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014”

  1. What a fun and interesting topic! As someone who has an unusual name that has brought me both grief and joy, I suppose I’m a little partial to your choice of topic.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope I’m able to keep your interest should you decide to check out more of this topic.

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