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#20846 03/03/01 09:53 AM
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Actually, the "Rose of Sharon" is a lily - although I'm not totally sure which variety, but a LILY nonetheless, not a tulip or otherwise. Also - the implication is that there is only ONE such flower and it cannot be found anywhere else in the world except on the Plain of Sharon (which is not ON the coast but a bit inland, near the Mediterranean Coast, just north of the greater Tel Aviv area; look on a map to find Netanya and then look north to Hadera - it's basically inbetween those cities).

Shoshannah
(whose name comes from that expression (in Hebrew), haShoshannah shel Sharon... or in English, as you said above) - see my previous posting about my name!



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As some of you will know (and for those who don't zip over to http://wordsmith.org/board/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=words&Number=17010 ) my identity is being kept a secret from the outside world.

It has often been pointed out, particularly by librarians, that apart from one additional letter the name I go under in other contexts is the same as that of a well-known 20th century British poet and novelist. Why they think somebody who haunts their shelves as much as I do would be ignorant of this fact is a mystery.

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#20848 03/03/01 10:24 AM
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I've always been fascinated by the name Rose of Sharon (given to a character in John Steinbeck's The grapes of wrath).


One last word about Rose of Sharon - the origin of the expression is from the Bible - Song of Songs (also called the Song of Solomon) chapter 2, verse 1: "I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys." From this verse, Christians later referred to Jesus (whose real name, by the way, was Yeshua or even Yehoshua...) as "the Rose of Sharon"...

Shoshannah
...and if anyone would like a tour of the Plain of Sharon to see the Rose of Sharon, come on over and I'll give you a 'special tour' at a 'special 'price'!



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One of the people I used to work with had the surname Ktori.
He claimed that he had examples of over 40 mis-spellings of his name!


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Many of us who were here last year posted the meanings of our "handles" here, if y'all're interested:

http://wordsmith.org/board/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=miscellany&Number=499


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And why oh why does the second page of that thread take us to some other thread on "Hand Gestures"? Should we understand some indirect hint to "mind our own business"?



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I have a Spanish name that seems to confuse some English-speakers incredibly, but I am not usually too bothered, especially if I can see that someone is making an effort to at least approximate the correct pronunciation. However, one of my partner's best friends has for the longest time seemed completely unable to even remember my name, let alone pronounce it. Finally, he decided to call me Marianna, a completely different name, but one that he could for some reason associate with me. It's been a standing joke until just recently when we finally managed to drum the correct one into his head. But it has remained as my "alternative" name, which I use in AWAD.



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Spanish people have a name and two surnames. We retain our father's first surname and our mother's first surname in order to make up our full name. This is possible because women do not change their name when they get married, so everybody's name is the same all throughout their life.

But, to the point about natural names, I knew a girl at university whose father's first surname was exactly the same as her mother's first surname: "Luna", meaning "Moon". For whatever reason, they thought it would be a good idea to give their daughter the first name "Luna", to go with it all. So there she was on the class list: Luna Luna Luna.




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Even Yankee names can become jokes. The daughter of the Sunday School superintendent was named Helen Hunt. A newcomer was a bit upset when she mislaid a pair of gloves and was told to go to Helen Hunt for them.
Also in my family we do not name boys Mike.


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>And why oh why does the second page of that thread

Yes, we've had some discussion about that kind of thing. Once a thread sinks down the list it becomes hard to view in flat mode. Going past the first page takes you to strange and sometimes interesting places. You either have to view it in threaded mode, a post at a time or add a post and bring it to the top again. I'm sure someone worked out an explanation but I can't remember it.


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