A Gun by Any Other Name

One of the more charming human traits of long standing is our penchant for naming inanimate objects that play important roles in our lives. We name our boats, our cars, and our houses.  Psychologists will have much to say about this, no doubt, but it seems we anthropomorphize things to establish a relationship, transforming a commodity into something almost human.

American sailors of the early nineteenth century evinced the same predilection, only in their case they named the cannons they served in battle. READ THE FULL STORY >>

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