Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's gonna be tricky

Go to Trendleblog and you'll find the announcement about the new Rector of Holy Trinity and Trendlewood, Nailsea, being made public at church services today. Interesting name.

I once worked with someone called Hassall who didn't like the word hassle being used as a simile for difficulty. I currently work with someone called Jolly who doesn't apparently have any objections to her name continuing its use as an adjective.

I have heard my new colleague describe something using his lower-cased name. I wonder.

I spent a lot of my early childhood being silly Tilley, much of my teenage years being Willy (adolescent boys eh?) but feel most at home as St - that's the real me. I think.

Names. Burden or opportunity? And who are you?


Mr Gnome said...

What's in a name?

I feel fortunate to have names that I like, relishing a first-name that is, in fact, a nickname, enabling me to drag out my 'real' name on special occasions.

As for the surname, I share it with a be-permed footballing demi-god of a bygone area, whose subsequent managerial career spawned a zillion headline name-checks, few of them complimentary. Many of which spookily found their way to my desk, thanks to the miniSTrations of kindly colleague....

RuthJ said...

Silly Tilley, Wally Jolly - it's a hard life.

I believe the derivation of 'silly' is actually 'saintly' anyway, so that's St, St all the way.

Kathryn said...

Ahh...he's a former son of my old parish - met him at a training day 18 months ago. Small world.

Anonymous said...

just found your blog and saw this - I'm at college with his wife - we share the silly name honours in our year :-)