I can`t define it. is it a phrase or idiom ? (What’s in a name? ) What’s in a name? Well quite a lot if you’re the Washington Redskins football team. In 2013, former US President Barack Obama suggested the historic team should change theirs. He said it was offensive to the Native American community.
Nov 8, 2017 3:55 PM
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It's a reference to a line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ("What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"). It means "what is the significance of what we call something?" Hope this helps!
November 8, 2017
"What's in a name?" is an idiom. As Elise indicates above, it means that something is the way it is, regardless of the name. In other words, even if you call a rose, "Tuesday", it will still smell like a rose. On the other hand, the passage you quoted above is ironic. It actually challenges the idiom. In fact, it is arguing against the notion that names do not matter. Former US president, Barak Obama, is arguing that indeed names do matter, and that "Redskiins" as a name is offensive to the public (and in particular to the native Americans). For this reason, he is effectively saying that the team ought to change its name.
November 8, 2017
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