Posted By: Avita Sukhram
To begin, begin. – William Wordsworth
I always have that “aha, that’s funny” moment when someone’s name is tied to their talent/profession, like the universe conspired to let a child’s parents know who they would become. I mean, shouldn’t someone with the last name “Wordsworth” be a profound and classic poet? But then, that would mean we would be defined by what we are most well-known for, which may be good for those that are doing positive things, but for many this week it might not pan out so well…
Starting with NFL Commissioner Roger “oh right, profits don’t trump abusive behavior” Goodell. It has not been a good week for the NFL (why are you mad at them?). If the arrests/indictments/releases keep up, I hope your Fantasy team has some bench players waiting for their chance in the spotlight. Needless to say, this has been the beginning of an interesting season (it’s only week 3!) with some potential new stars in the making.
Speaking of the beginning, Alibaba finally went public today in the US! How exciting is that?! (Confession: I’ve never even seen the site until today, so my excitement was strictly driven by the momentum of the IPO’s first trade!) Similar to Wordsworth, it turns out the “crazy” valuation was just destiny for the Chinese e-commerce site since, in Chinese culture, the number 8 is considered lucky and the word for eight in Mandarin is “ba”, as in ‘baba’ (that’s two times the luck right?). Truth.
The building tension in Scotland of “will they or won’t they” vote for independence from the UK leaves our favorite trivia question in tact: What is the difference between the UK, Great Britain, the British Isles, and England? (No link for this one here!) ISIS/ISIL (or whatever they are calling themselves today) is taunting the Western world with video upon video of hostages. It seems the response (this time) will be a united effort rather than a solo journey. NJ Gov. Chris Christie may be getting his ‘good’ name back while former-CT Governor John Rowland adds to his troubles, Ebola is still spreading, and the gaffe-prone VP Joe Biden is at it again.
Shakespeare famously wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet”. And he might be right… in the long run. But, for this week, as a burgeoning writer, I’m inclined to think ‘semantics count’.
We hope you had a great week and have a great weekend ahead!
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