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Thread: Benjamin or Benedict?
June 28th, 2013 10:14 AM #21
Benedict. This connotation only applies to Americans, and it has made this name quite taboo in the US for a long time. However, I think it's lessening over time... and only applies among those who know their American history.
To answer the question, Benedict Arnold was a high-ranking general in the American Revolution. He was in charge of West Point, and was going to hand it over to the British... However, the plan was foiled and he defected to the British Army, and proceeded to fight against the American forces as a British general. As you can imagine, a high-ranking general doing this is QUITE taboo. So, 'Benedict Arnold' became a synonym for 'traitor' or 'turn-coat'. When I was a child (I'm 28), we used it in daily speech... like your friend betrays you in a game, and you accuse them of being "a Benedict Arnold" (every even semi-educated American should know this story from history class). Perhaps times are changing? So the debate among Americans would be whether current positive associations (i.e. the pope) are enough to overcome the stigma attached to the name in the U.S. with Benedict Arnold.INTP Anthropologist Living in the centre of China, married to a Persian, and just enjoying a completely unpredictable life
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June 28th, 2013 11:41 AM #23
Benedict Arnold Day It's not like Benedict Arnold is constantly brought back to the forefront of American consciousness. It's just a bit idiomatic. Kids learn about Arnold in school, and the only thing he is known for is being a traitor. Since his name is uncommon the association is stronger.
It's like naming your child Wilkes because of John Wilkes Booth. People know the name, it's probably not the first and only thing everyone would think of, but there is a connection.
Honestly, I think the eggs benedict connection would put me off more, as much as I love the name and the meaning.Top Names: Benedict Zeal & Noelle Geneva
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June 28th, 2013 02:02 PM #25
Ah, now I know who he was
Thanks for filling us foreigners in guys!~Boys~
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June 28th, 2013 10:27 PM #27Senior Member
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