What’s In A Name?

Tony Williams (drummer)

Tony Williams (drummer), but not me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Todays Daily Prompt: “Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?”

Everyone calls me Tony. Well, not everyone. Officially I’m Anthony on all the paperwork and, if you don’t mind, the ‘h’ is silent when you say my name.

One of the strange things about me is that despite calling myself Tony I always use the initials ARW. I don’t know why but I always have.

My mother wanted to christen me Tony but, so the family story goes, my Grandfather didn’t like it, he thought it was an “Itie” name, so I was christened with Anthony though even Grandad always called me Tony.

I can always tell when it’s a salesman or a bill collector on the phone as they always ask for ‘Anthony’. I always tell them “Don’t call me Anthony” and when they ask what they should call me I reply with “since we haven’t been introduced, Mr Williams.” If I’m in a good mood I might ask them to note on my file that I prefer to be called Tony. Good service companies, like my bank, should be able to cope with that.

There was one standout person in my life who insisted on calling me by my full name and to make it worse to pronounce it the Australian way sounding the ‘h’.

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Quote of my day – Patti Smith

Picked up a copy of ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith and was immediately taken by it. The dedication and foreword were enough to get me hooked. The writing is raw, unadorned and honest. More when I have finished it in a day or so but until then this quote struck me immediately:

I vexed my teachers with my precocious reading ability paired with an inability to apply it to anything they deemed practical.

I think Patti and I must have had the same school career.