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Old 07-21-2014, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I want a really old fashioned name - a Victorian name even - like Horace or Cornelius or Ebenezer or Frederick or Ernest.

Then I will lounge around the house in a silk smoking jacket, take up cigars and sherry, collect Georgian silver and become an expert on Wordsworth's poetry.
Horatio or Edgar would suit you.

 
Old 07-21-2014, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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The Italian aunts were Veronica, Letitia, Angelina, Josephine, and Emilia. They were all hefty women, formidable-looking in the formal portrait I have from around 1900. I wouldn't mess with any of them. My confirmation name is Cecilia (patron saint of music). As an old lady (which I am), I like the name Josie (after my dear aunt Josephine).
 
Old 07-21-2014, 10:13 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I'm Murray.

Isn't that the bald guy who was a news writer on The Mary Tyler Show?
AKA Captain Stubing.
I can see you running a cruise ship
 
Old 07-21-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I can so see Officer Clark in that smoking jacket......

LOL Umb, I mean, Rue

I'm going to be Retirement Barbie.
 
Old 07-21-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Both are correct grammar. The difference just lies in word choice. As long as we don't use "very."
My first assignment on a newspaper staff . . . the editor/chief told me: "Go back through your manuscript. Every time you see the word "very," change it to "damn." It will read a whole lot better."

LOLOLOL

That is how I was introduced to the BIG RULE: never use VERY. If you can't find a word that fits, then you don't have a very robust vocabulary. If it is very big, then it must be HUGE or GARGANTUAN.

I use "very" very often in real life casual conversation. Most folks really don't want to hear someone sitting around spouting off "$10 words." At least, not where I live. That is "showing off."
 
Old 07-21-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I like traditional names, such as Paul and Michael and John . . . and for girls, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary.

Guess I am old fashioned.
 
Old 07-21-2014, 02:55 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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The Italian aunts were Veronica, Letitia, Angelina, Josephine, and Emilia. They were all hefty women, formidable-looking in the formal portrait I have from around 1900. I wouldn't mess with any of them. My confirmation name is Cecilia (patron saint of music). As an old lady (which I am), I like the name Josie (after my dear aunt Josephine).
I love those names. Also names like Raphaella, Angellica, Philomena, Francesca, etc.

My aunts had names like Charlotte, Molly, Beatrice, Shirley, Estelle, and Ruth.

My mother's mother (the one who lived to be 105 and outlived 3 of her 6 children, including my Mom) was named Celia.

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AKA Captain Stubing.
I can see you running a cruise ship
Well, I lived and worked on a "cruise ship" for nearly 4 years from '94 through '98 ... not just a cruise ship but an ocean liner. The world famous Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). I was not a crew member but a member of the senior (rank equivalency - 2 1/2 stripe officer) staff ... had my own private cabin and dined in the passengers restaurants, not in the crew mess. Wore tuxedos on formal nights. Chatted up rich old ladies. Escorted shore excursions in port. I was a member of the Royal Merchant Navy of the UK and still have my British Seaman's Passport.
 
Old 07-21-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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My mom, whom I always knew as "Evelyn" was really given the birth name of "Evaline" and I asked her once who changed her name? She was already 100 when I discovered this discrepancy on her birth certificate as well as several census records. Of course she didn't remember who did it.
 
Old 07-21-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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My mom, whom I always knew as "Evelyn" was really given the birth name of "Evaline" and I asked her once who changed her name? She was already 100 when I discovered this discrepancy on her birth certificate as well as several census records. Of course she didn't remember who did it.
Evaline is so lovely and romantic!

Not that Evelyn isn't a beautiful name, but there is something wistful and lilting (is that even a word? lol) about Evaline.

Wonder who changed it and why . . .
 
Old 07-21-2014, 10:10 PM
 
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Evaline is so lovely and romantic!
Evangeline is even more so.
lol, not sure where this thread started and where it's going? If we're still on old-fashioned names, I don't even have to do the quiz to know mine is…. either Maggie Rose or Hermoine.
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