26 September 2014

Being Known as Talented

Could people face life better by identifying valuable aspects of themselves that are yet to be expressed (without resorting to a drug or diversion of one kind or another)?

I sometimes wonder how often grief for lost, wasted or unrecognised talent is misdiagnosed as clinical depression. Talent is something we cannot choose for ourselves.  Nor can we expect our own talents to be perceived by others in the way we expect.

Discovering our talents requires the support of others.  If you want to make a name for yourself as someone talented, who are you hoping will find you?  And are you really looking to be known as talented or as merely famous?

05 September 2014

Australians, Poms and Poems

Sometimes, I have been called a "Pom" by people who are not particularly well-educated or informed.  Nor did I arrive in Australia as a Ten Pound Pom.  I am not descended from convicts.  Nor have I have ever been a "Prisoner of Mother England".

The fact is no-one really knows how the term POM came to mean English or even British.   Even so, it has been a well-known expression for many years, as an article from 1929 reveals.

Yet to say that I am a "Pom" is more revealing of the person using the term, especially as an indication of their prejudices, ignorance and lack of courtesy.  I am just as much of an Australian as anyone born here. Why do I know this?  Because when I read poetry about an Australian landscape, I know that I am part of that landscape.  When I read poetry about an English landscape, it rarely evokes a feeling of home.

27 August 2014

The Seriously Silly Name of Nominative Determinism

Academic words often make interesting subjects sound dull.  Nominative determinism itself sounds like a very serious subject.  Who would believe it is about something humorous?  I think it should be called Funnynameology.

Our given names are rarely a matter of our own choice.  I have never met anyone possessing the ability to choose their own name at or before birth or soon afterwards.  If you managed to tell your parents of your preferred name, prior to them putting something on your birth certificate, please let me know!

The funny subject of funny names is not usually referred to by most people by the mouthful of nominative determinism, but it is useful to know that term when doing a web search of the subject. If you do not yet know anything about it, then you might like to do a web search yourself for a few insights into the topic. 

Here are just a few links I found very quickly some time ago:

Wikipedia - Nominative determinism

Mental Floss - Nominative determinism

SciLogs - Nominative determinism

Crikey - Nominative determinism

BBC - Nominative determinism

London Evening Standard - Nominative determinism