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What's in a name?

As those who remember their Romeo and Juliet may have noticed, I’ve already decided to use literary as well as lyric allusions in the titles of my posts. I think it’s appropriate since books and music are the two passions that have fed my soul since I was fairly young…and I’ve already found myself spending way too much time searching for the perfect lyrics to title future posts because that’s just the way I am.  

So, why “sarah_why”? Since I’m an English major, a writer, a thesaurus junkie, a Scrabble-lover and an all-around word geek, there’s almost always a reason behind my word choices. Whenever I’m asked to create a new username or password online, I’m delayed for a good 15 minutes while I think about what part of my personality I’m trying to express through this word or phrase. (Yes, I'm what we call an "over-thinker".) These days I just try to stick with variations of past usernames to keep it simple! In fact, I’ve used “sarah_why” in the past, but not for 5+ years, back when I was an active member of the Phunky Bitches community of female Phish fans. Ah, my neo-hippie days. Note to self: find picture in patchwork pants for historical purposes. (Really, I'm still kind of a hippie girl on the inside, but it's not as obvious on the outside as it used to be. I like going incognito, if you will.)

Anyway, I initially chose “sarah why” because I thought it was a clever play on the fact that I was often called “Sarah Y.” in elementary school because there was another Sarah in my class – “Sarah M.” as I recall. (I’m starting to become “Sarah Y.” again because there’s a Sara on my work team and I can’t help feeling like I’m back in first grade when people call me that!) But “sarah why” also fits because I’m a very curious person, and I like to ask questions – and of the five “W” questions, “why” is definitely my favorite, because it’s the question that gets beyond the bare facts of “who-what-when-where” and trys to stimulate an explanation. So there we are, “sarah_why”! At this point I’m laughing at myself because I’m pretty sure nobody else could possibly find this as interesting as I do. Ladies and gentlemen, a glimpse into the complex machinations of Sarah’s brain! This is why I need to still my mind with yoga, on a daily basis when possible.  

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 43-4.


Jul. 25th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
I like the "Sarah_why":) It's a very good new identity!


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