Day 17- Title: What’s in a Name? #write31days 2014


Term of the day: title: distinguishing name or descriptive heading.


Do you ever get the feeling that some people take their titles way too serious? I mean, most people aren’t born with titles, but once they have one, they in turn seem to feel that they are entitled. Sometimes they are, but it’s rare. Even royalty has changing titles. A boy may be born a prince and become a king later, but does it really matter whether he’s addressed as “Your Highness” or “Your Majesty”?

In all honesty, I’m speaking of cases where titles are earned through either: education, competition, or honorarium. If I’ve known you my whole life and we’re having a meal amongst friends, I’m not calling you Dr., Rev., Judge, or anything else other than your name, but might call you by your nick name.

Titles do not equate to names, except for all the crazy celebrities and lost souls who are legally changing their name to weird things. I still don’t understand why someone would want to name their child Master, King, or Lady, but I’ve seen it.

Oh well, to each his own.

Name of the day: Theodore aka Teddy.

Breakdown and meaning:

Commonly, Teddy is the pet name for Theodore, so I’m not going to spend much time on that, but I do know that some also prefer the use of Theo.

Theodore has Greek origins and means “divine gift” or “god’s gift”. Typically when you here the term “god’s gift” it’s used in a negative way, but this is how it should be used.  Perhaps if the words were shifted and the term “gift of god” were used instead, it would be better received. To some, a person can seem like a gift from God, the gods, or some higher power. When a person makes a difference and leaves a lasting impression, others may consider them a blessing or even something greater. Do you of any famous Theodores? Were they a gift from God?

Teddy is a character from my upcoming release, It’s Like the Full Moon, and is the brother of Rebecca whom I mentioned earlier in this series.

Well, that’s it for Day 17. See you tomorrow.

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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.

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