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What’s in a Name? February 20, 2017

Posted by David Bookstaber in Uncategorized.

Academia has broken new ground in self-satire. After years of hand-wringing, U.S. schools are taking bold action against long-dead individuals who, upon close scrutiny, can be impugned by today’s enlightened standards of thought and behavior.

Yale is not alone in this, but the notoriety of its latest decision to rename its Calhoun residential college offers a fine illustration of the capriciousness of this renaming farce.

Governments in the U.K. have been far savvier in addressing this problem: A new guideline is to simply avoid naming things (like roads) after people at all.

It avoids the possible occurrence of future information coming to light that may then taint that specific road name based on an individual and give rise to costly street rename procedures.


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