A – Z Challenge W is for Winston

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Winston Churchill was Britain’s Prime Minister through the years of World War II. Not a young man when he achieved this honour, he’d seen active service in wars as early as the late nineteenth century when he served in South Africa.

Both Winston and Churchill have become iconic names synonymous with reliability, tenacity and many other good qualities of an enduring nature. Whether the aristocratic Dukes of Marlborough from whom Winston Churchill is directly descended would enjoy being used to advertise car insurance in the shape of a bulldog eating chips with Dawn French, begs more than one question.

And that is the point of this post. Big fleas have little fleas. A really good name, idea slogan, sketch or event attracts imitators and imitations. It’s in part flattery. It’s in part laziness. It’s in part cultural.

It’s always because the original tapped into the general consciousness and WAS GOOD.

Choosing character names is notoriously difficult. Hard consonants at the beginning, in the middle, towards the end? Sibilants? Too many ending in A? Too many starting with a particular letter? Not Scottish enough? Too Scottish? Not archaic enough? Too archaic?

Still, it’s a great job. Are you a writer? What’s your character naming bugbear?



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