February 22, 2013

Names as Destiny

The Gashleycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey (via)

Are our names our destiny?  Well, Edward Gorey is certainly evidence in favor of the theory.  Like Charles Addams, he saw life as dark and humorous, and his work is amazing. 

But as it turns out, he did not originate the meaning of "gory."  According to the OED, it occured as early as 1480. 

So what do you think?  Nature or nurture?

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