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What’s In a Name?

Edward Snitzer
Published on January 31, 2017

Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II, William Shakespeare

Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Does a name – for example Trump — predict anything about the name’s holder? In fact, when it comes to that particular word there is much to answer the question “What’s in a name?”

• Trump, trump card (noun): “The ace of trumps is a sure winner.”
• Cornet, horn, trumpet, trump (noun): A brass instrument played with a brilliant tone.
• Trump (verb): He trumpeted his own brilliance.
• Outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop (verb): Get the better of; to beat the competition.
• Trump, riff (verb): play a trump.
• Trump out (verb): proclaim or announce with or as with a fanfare.
• Trump (verb): to impose unfairly; to palm off.
• Trump (verb): to trick, or impose on; to deceive.
• Trump (verb): to excel, surpass; outdo.

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