Coffee Sleeve Stories

On Naming Things

By Chaun Ballard

My wife is in the kitchen following her mother’s Rhubarb Dessert recipe, which, on paper, (the recipe) is simply titled “Rhubarb Dessert,” which, we figure, creates a dilemma if we are tasked to bring a dessert to a gathering and someone asks us, “What are you bringing to the gathering?”

If we respond, “Rhubarb Dessert,” which is its name, naturally, they will come back with “What kind of rhubarb dessert?” to which we will have to clarify, “‘Rhubarb Dessert’ is its name.”

This may explain why no one names their dog “What,” because, inevitably, someone will ask “What is your dog’s name?” and you must respond.

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