Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What's In a Name?

Just watched one of the many versions of A Christmas Carol. I like them all, but some are better than others. As a rule I think the ones that stay truer to Dickens' original story are the best.

Dickens was an exceptional writer.  And, like most writers, he had a few eccentricities.  One was that he collected names.  If he encountered somebody with an interesting name he'd write it down in a notebook where he could retrieve it when he needed to name a character for a story.  So, need a name for one creepy crooked guy, hmm, Uriah Heep should fill the bill.  

Under this concept, apparently there must have been an actual Ebeneezer Scrooge.  You don't find a lot of folks named that.  In my years in the hotel business I checked in a lot of people. I never checked in an Ebeneezer, or a Uriah, or an Adolph for that matter. We did have a visit from Jesus Christ–but that was the fairly common Hispanic variation and not the lord coming back for a resurrection.   

Anyway, if I ever encounter a lawyer named Uriah Heep, I think I'll find representation elsewhere.

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