Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on a lexicon (vocabulary specific to a certain subject) of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way” and that’s my plan for approaching this challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word takes me.
E is for…
euonym – (n) a pleasing or beautiful name; appropriate or well-chosen name.
I was sorting through old journals and found an entry about something I’d totally forgotten about – that September 1st is celebrated as my name day. I remembered being rather excited when I discovered this. I vaguely recall hearing about name days as child, and remember associating it with a Catholic practice of those being named after a saint celebrating a feast day of their particular namesake.
But actually the tradition is observed in many countries and not necessarily connected to a religious observation. And I find it kind of interesting to think that there’s a day celebrating all the Deborahs in the world.
Deborah, as I’ve likely mentioned a billion times because it delights me so much, means Bee. Or sometimes it’s even suggested, Queen Bee. Deborah, as the historical judge and prophetess of the ancient Hebrews, likely lived around 1100 BC. So clearly the name has been in use for some time.
It delights me that my first name means Bee and my surname Weber means weaver, and of course the best weaver is Spider, so in fact I’m Bee Spider.
And what kind of creature is that?
- a somewhat shy creature, known to play amidst flowers, dance with the moon, wear red shoes, weave connections, and espouse the joy way of the everyday sacred.
- someone who enjoys word play, and whose name anagrams into things she love. For example: Wore Herb Bead; Adore Herb Web; Hoard Bee Brew
- has numbers named after her. The Deborah number (De) is a dimensionless number, often used in rheology to characterize the fluidity of materials under specific flow conditions. It is based on the premise that given enough time even a solid-like material will flow. The Weber number (We) is a dimensionless number in fluid mechanics that is often useful in analysing fluid flows where there is an interface between two different fluids, especially for multiphase flows with strongly curved surfaces.
It’s true the definitions of the numbers makes my head hurt and are basically meaningless to me, but I like the dimensionless part, and the flow part, and it’s numbers!
How fun is it I’m a person, a combo of animals, and numbers?
I also love making up words and titles – there’s something entirely delightful about it and at another level something deeply sacred. And those things are certainly not mutually exclusive. I take joy in naming the year I intend to live into, and what I’ve chosen for 2021 is Embracing the Infiniteness of Self. Doesn’t that sound like a wild and wonderful undertaking?
What about you? What does your name mean? Ever anagram your name? Love naming things? Do tell – you know I love to hear.