The Art of Renaming

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Save the hanging grannies!

Don't rename the world! Reminds me of the movement here in NL at one time where traditional community names that were somehow considered negative or offensive were changed into something "nicer" (ie mostly devoid of colour or history). Ex. Turk's Gut (associated with tales of piracy) became Marysvale. Another place became 'Baytona'. Ugh.

As a wordie, name nerd and gardener, etc. I love 'snowdrop' - the word, the flower, the fairy and the fairytale. But 'hanging grannies' works too -- I bet the name came about because the blooms resemble babas in some traditional garb. In much the same fashion as 'bleeding hearts' look like, well, bleeding hearts.

Resist name gentrification. Save the hanging grannies!

(Hell, bring on the hanging grannies -- I'm dying for something resembling Spring here in NL.)

Lara, Name Nerd more than 3 years ago

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