Proust Questionnaire Number Eight

Proust Quote:
“Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.”

Confessions Question:
Your favorite names.

Confidences Question:
My favorite names.

Proust’s Answer:
I only have one at a time.

The Proust Quote really nails this question right on the head. How much you like or dislike a name has a direct relationship to the people you know with that name. How much you like or dislike a given name can fluctuate wildly in a couple of years. It can fluctuate wildly in a matter of moments.

To answer the question what are my favorite names is roughly the same as answering who are my favorite people from this year. I don’t really care to do that, but I can answer this question with broad enough strokes as to reveal anything exceedingly meaningful (as is my style). Meaning if you eliminate everybody that has a unique name (as it applies to people I really know and have made a certifiable decision on their worth) and look at names at the aggregate level, the following is what I deduce.

I know several people by the following names and they all seem to be good to outstanding people:


I know several people by the following names that range from outstanding to worthless:


As I reflect upon it, I can honestly say that I don’t think that there is a name that is entirely negative for me. For every doucher I know, I can counterbalance them with a good to great person that has the same name. That is a satisfying piece of knowledge.

3 thoughts on “Proust Questionnaire Number Eight”

  1. I think we've discussed before that we've met very few worthwhile Linda's. The good ones usually make up for the crazies…

  2. Linda does seem to be the most worthless name.

    After I thought about it longer, I realized that I do know some Mikes that are at least mid-level douchers.

    I should downgrade that name.

  3. We had two Mikes in our class in high school. Both made horrible life decisions. I don't think I know a fantastic (or even middling) "Mike," either.

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