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"Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likable"

<<Though it might seem impossible, and certainly inadvisable, to judge a person by their name, a new study suggests our brains try anyway.

The more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favor them.>>

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/0......Previous
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It's said that, in English anyway, the best name for fame is a dactyl followed by a trochee. (Abraham Lincoln, Aleister Crowley)
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As long as your not followed by a pterodactyl, I have no problem with that.
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I LOVE my name! Smile
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My life started to improve when I dicovered my true name and not the moniker my parents stuck me with
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When I was younger I used to get frustrated correcting people who did not pronounce my last name correctly, but then in the magic community my last name gets recognized quickly (even though many still don't pronounce it correctly).
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My name has caused me huge trouble. I was crossing the boarder one year from Canada to USA around 20 years ago. They did a check on me, asked me to get out of the vehicle. From there they handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for armed robbery.

I thought it was some practical joke, but it only took a few minutes to realize how serious they were. They shackled my hands to my feet, and then to the bench. I swore my innocence, but they kept insisting I was the person. My full name, my birthday, place of birth was all the same. After an hour and a half of thinking I was about to go to jail for a crime I didn't commit, they took me in to be finger printed. A half hour after that, I was told that I was not the same guy. I had the same first, middle and last name, plus the same birthday, and birthplace.

Apparently there is a person with the exact same name as me who is wanted for 3 counts of armed robbery, and four counts of robbery.

5 years ago I needed to have a criminal record check done. I was requested to come back in for further finger printing. When I came back in for finger printing, they handcuffed me. I asked why they needed to do that, and they said it was just proceedure. They took my finger prints and a half hour later came back and told me there was another person with the exact same name, birthday, and birthplace who is wanted for armed robbery. A few of the officers had a chuckle about the coincidence, but I found it hard to laugh about.

I sure hope they catch this guy.
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On 2012-06-29 11:46, Danny Kazam wrote:
My name has caused me huge trouble. I was crossing the boarder one year from Canada to USA around 20 years ago. They did a check on me, asked me to get out of the vehicle. From there they handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for armed robbery.

I thought it was some practical joke, but it only took a few minutes to realize how serious they were. They shackled my hands to my feet, and then to the bench. I swore my innocence, but they kept insisting I was the person. My full name, my birthday, place of birth was all the same. After an hour and a half of thinking I was about to go to jail for a crime I didn't commit, they took me in to be finger printed. A half hour after that, I was told that I was not the same guy. I had the same first, middle and last name, plus the same birthday, and birthplace.

Apparently there is a person with the exact same name as me who is wanted for 3 counts of armed robbery, and four counts of robbery.

5 years ago I needed to have a criminal record check done. I was requested to come back in for further finger printing. When I came back in for finger printing, they handcuffed me. I asked why they needed to do that, and they said it was just proceedure. They took my finger prints and a half hour later came back and told me there was another person with the exact same name, birthday, and birthplace who is wanted for armed robbery. A few of the officers had a chuckle about the coincidence, but I found it hard to laugh about.

I sure hope they catch this guy.

Fortunately for you, his fingerprints were on file.
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Locally (well, locally when I'm at home, which hasn't been very much this last year), we have a county supervisor with the same first and last name as I. He and I don't see eye-to-eye on a variety of political issues. (Some friends have suggested that I issue press releases - From the desk of . . . . - with my own enlightened views.)

Recently, we've been getting letters in the mail from a collection agency, for a delinquent account we've never had, with a company of which I'd never heard until we got the first letter. (Apparently their strategy is to find everyone with a name similar to the deadbeat they seek, then send threatening letters to all of them, hoping that they get the right person in the wash.) When I phoned the collection agency, they tried to insist that I give them the last four digits of my Social Security number so they could determine to their satisfaction that I'm not the person they seek. (So, let me get this straight: you want to extort from me information to which you are not entitled under threat of continuing harrassment if I don't capitulate; is that it?)

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On 2012-06-29 11:46, Danny Kazam wrote:
My name has caused me huge trouble. I was crossing the boarder one year from Canada to USA around 20 years ago. They did a check on me, asked me to get out of the vehicle. From there they handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for armed robbery.

I thought it was some practical joke, but it only took a few minutes to realize how serious they were. They shackled my hands to my feet, and then to the bench. I swore my innocence, but they kept insisting I was the person. My full name, my birthday, place of birth was all the same. After an hour and a half of thinking I was about to go to jail for a crime I didn't commit, they took me in to be finger printed. A half hour after that, I was told that I was not the same guy. I had the same first, middle and last name, plus the same birthday, and birthplace.

Apparently there is a person with the exact same name as me who is wanted for 3 counts of armed robbery, and four counts of robbery.

5 years ago I needed to have a criminal record check done. I was requested to come back in for further finger printing. When I came back in for finger printing, they handcuffed me. I asked why they needed to do that, and they said it was just proceedure. They took my finger prints and a half hour later came back and told me there was another person with the exact same name, birthday, and birthplace who is wanted for armed robbery. A few of the officers had a chuckle about the coincidence, but I found it hard to laugh about.

I sure hope they catch this guy.


That's a pretty odd coincidence. I'd check all your various accounts and make sure you didn't have your identity stolen.
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I'm reminded of an autobiographical article by the early-XXth century American artist, Neysa McMein - a name she adopted at least partially on numerological grounds. I think the article was called "What's in a name?" It was published in a fascinating anthology called "How I look at life." Her article began, "We all have our crosses to bear. I was named Marjorie . . ." She was quite a character in many respects. She was engaged to paint portraits of Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Dorothy Parker, Janet Flanner, Katharine Cornell, Helen Hayes, Dorothy Thompson, Anatole France, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Evans Hughes and Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, among others.
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Being named Max Awesome, I often get catalogs for "Matt" Awesome. It's really annoying.
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My name made it difficult in basic training, the TIs had fun with it.
It makes it difficult bookings as well, do I use a stage name, based on my name.

It makes it easy with telemarketers though"Nope, no one by that name..." or "If you cannot say it, don't call it"
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Tony-

I assume it's pronounced Eye-ah-ko-vee-ello. Is that correct?
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On 2012-06-29 12:44, Frank Yuen wrote:
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On 2012-06-29 11:46, Danny Kazam wrote:
My name has caused me huge trouble. I was crossing the boarder one year from Canada to USA around 20 years ago. They did a check on me, asked me to get out of the vehicle. From there they handcuffed me and told me I was under arrest for armed robbery.

I thought it was some practical joke, but it only took a few minutes to realize how serious they were. They shackled my hands to my feet, and then to the bench. I swore my innocence, but they kept insisting I was the person. My full name, my birthday, place of birth was all the same. After an hour and a half of thinking I was about to go to jail for a crime I didn't commit, they took me in to be finger printed. A half hour after that, I was told that I was not the same guy. I had the same first, middle and last name, plus the same birthday, and birthplace.

Apparently there is a person with the exact same name as me who is wanted for 3 counts of armed robbery, and four counts of robbery.

5 years ago I needed to have a criminal record check done. I was requested to come back in for further finger printing. When I came back in for finger printing, they handcuffed me. I asked why they needed to do that, and they said it was just proceedure. They took my finger prints and a half hour later came back and told me there was another person with the exact same name, birthday, and birthplace who is wanted for armed robbery. A few of the officers had a chuckle about the coincidence, but I found it hard to laugh about.

I sure hope they catch this guy.


That's a pretty odd coincidence. I'd check all your various accounts and make sure you didn't have your identity stolen.


Odd coincidence indeed. I know the person has already served time in jail in the past, from little I've been told about him. He is a real person strange as it is. For all I know, they may have caught up with him by now. They say the Mounties always get their man. Smile
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On 2012-06-29 13:47, mastermindreader wrote:
Tony-

I assume it's pronounced Eye-ah-ko-vee-ello. Is that correct?


No sir. We pronounce it, Eye ko vel low, family members in Italy pronounce it Yak E oh vel low

Personally, I'd rather be known as Tony Eye than as Tony Yak. Smile.
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Thanks, Tony. Now I won't embarrass myself when we eventually meet up!

In the Italian neighborhood in which I was brought up, my name was usually pronounced Cassadeetch.
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According to Freakanomics, the name you are given can definitely have an effect on your success in life. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1152822/
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I am Spartacus. There are a lot of pretenders to my throne. I ignore them.
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On 2012-06-29 14:23, mastermindreader wrote:
Thanks, Tony. Now I won't embarrass myself when we eventually meet up!

In the Italian neighborhood in which I was brought up, my name was usually pronounced Cassadeetch.


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