posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 04:26 AM
The concept of replacing an individual name with a fictional one or forming a group name to describe two or more people's collaborations has been a
popular practice over multiple millennia. From important historical figures, religious leaders, social activists, sports people, actors, musicians and
so on, people have attributed (or have had attributed to them) names that are not the ones they were born with or legally accurate. While the number
of examples of pseudonyms and purposes for using them appear to be infinite in number, I believe the topic of pseudonyms can make for a fascinating
discussion on language and semantics.
Firstly, it can be argued that your birth name or legal name constitutes a pseudonym of sorts. What is your actual
name? Your birth name is
simply an interpretation of what your parents feel you should be referred to as in your existence from birth. Your legal name is merely society's
interpretation of what the law feels you should be referred to as. Remove the legal aspect of the name, and it really is just a pseudonym to refer to
your individual body or soul. Who knows what your true name happens to be?
An example of a pseudonym that is interesting to analyse is that of musician, humanitarian, and education philanthropist Steven Demetre Georgiou
(birth name). What comes to mind when I say this name? Well, to most people not a lot. But what if I were to say Cat Stevens or Yusuf Islam? I bet
many would now know of whom I am referring to. When I say Georgiou, Stevens or Yusuf, am I referring to the same person, or the person in their
temporary carnation at the time the name was used?
Actors are a good example of individuals with multiple names referring to a single individual. While many elect to use stage names, it is more the
pivotal characters they portray that people seem to identity them with. Jack Nicholson to you might be Jack Torrance, The Joker, Colonel Jessup,
Melvin Udall, Frank Costello or Edward Cole to millions of others. Is somebody referring to this person more accurate when they call him John Joseph
If you were to become an author or famous celebrity, would you elect to use a pseudonym? What would be your
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