f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Homonymetic Names

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Monday, May 08, 2006

Homonymetic Names

As a kid, I was a huge baseball fan (still am) and one of my favorite players from the late 70s was the Yankees third-baseman, Graig Nettles. I think I was about fourteen before I realized most guys with the name actually spell it Greg. I had a friend Craig and the two words rhymed--why wouldn't they be spelled alike?

Likewise, I was at least ten or eleven before realizing Sean (a character in a book) was actually pronounced the same as the Shawn I knew from my neighborhood. I kept reading it as "Seen," which seemed a pretty stupid name for a character.

Many thanks to my parents for giving me a name you can spell only one way. Unless you're just ornery.