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What’s in a name?

By Sanjana Ramachandran in BFO #237, 08 Mar, 21

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”, alliterated Gertrude Stein in her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, implying that things are, by and large, as they are. Stein was in good company when she made that argument: Even Shakespeare’s Juliet had declared that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” reaffirming her love for Romeo even though his family name rivalled her own.