Wednesday March 25th 2015
It's pretty much in the
ear of the beholder, and to my ear Bernice is an
American name. So is Kurt and Eugene, Holly, Morgan,
Dean and Ricky. Daphne sounds like an English name to
me, as does Diana and Paul. Some names are definitely
American, like Katrina. And some names are definitely
English names, like Philip. Other names are Sargasso Sea
names, like Henry. Of course it's all a matter of
opinion, but as we writers of pulp will occasionally
exclaim, "Opinion Rules Dude!"
Then there's the
question of why people give their children particular names.
Do they wake up in the morning and announce, "We will name
our boy child, Howard!" Or is it something truly thought
out, with hours of research into the meanings associated
with names, family history, long debates, terrible
arguments, moments of icy impasse. Well if not I hope so,
because that's what we writer's of pulp have to go through
whenever our hero meets someone in something like a Grocery
Store. Much more of it and our hero's just going to have to
live in a cave!