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Welcome to the July 25, 2014 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!


What's in a name?  Everything.  Including ourselves.  

Many superstitions abound around the power of a name, of knowing the true name of a person or an object.  But, at their heart, there is an element of reality to that power.

The names we use, especially for people, reflect what we think of them.  When you hear someone say "that President" or "that Pastor" or "that manager" instead of "President Obama" or "Pastor Bob" or "Bill Schwartz" you know that they either have a troubled relationship with that person, or don't respect them in that role (or both), and they demonstrate it by avoiding their name.

To use their name is to make them a person. Someone who deserves personal respect, even love, as fellow human beings.  To not use their name is to objectify them, to pigeon hole them, and avoid the need to recognize they, like us, are human beings.

It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine.

It's not just, by the way, in the names we use and speak, but in the thoughts we have.  I believe if we think it, we're likely to say it. If you speak it to some and not others, you'll speak it when you don't intent.

Adam Alter published an article on this in The New Yorker, just over a year ago, titled The Power of Names.  He makes the point that

"These studies suggest a sort of linguistic Heisenberg principle: as soon as you label a concept, you change how people perceive it."
 So true that is!

But enough pontificating, and on with the fun!

Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - What's In A Name? II - Edition

The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out  Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary"  MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.

Congratulations to:

Participation-est: bjedward, Senor Unoball
Chattiest: TexDem
Generous-est: NoMoJoe
Snecksiest (1):    chimene, Pilotshar

Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!

Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.

First round stats, as of 4:12PM Eastern, are:

32 participants
6.3 average comments per participant
3355 total mojo exchanged
55.3% average participation rate

100 : Pilotshark
200 : chimene

username comments mojogiven comments + mojogiven partic% mojorecd recd diary?
bjedward 9 192 201 100.00% 175 Yes
Senor Unoball 30 171 201 100.00% 588 Yes
chimene 20 178 198 98.51% 108 No
mjbleo 8 183 191 95.02% 83 Yes
ER Doc 1 189 190 94.53% 22 Yes
bsegel 1 189 190 94.53% 23 Yes
VClib 14 175 189 94.03% 220 Yes
AllanTBG 1 187 188 93.53% 21 Yes
barefoot coyote 1 186 187 93.03% 15 Yes
NoMoJoe 0 184 184 91.54% 0 Yes
KellyB 2 165 167 83.08% 36 Yes
mungley 1 164 165 82.09% 12 Yes
Yasuragi 0 162 162 80.60% 0 No
avsp 3 154 157 78.11% 56 Yes
TexDem 38 119 157 78.11% 627 Author
kenwards 5 121 126 62.69% 74 Yes
4Freedom 4 111 115 57.21% 63 Yes
Captain C 24 88 112 55.72% 442 Yes
anotherdemocrat 2 99 101 50.25% 40 Yes
Texnance 8 79 87 43.28% 159 Yes
Greyhound 1 81 82 40.80% 19 Yes
solotime 1 53 54 26.87% 21 Yes
mhanch 5 39 44 21.89% 108 Yes
Mopshell 6 38 44 21.89% 125 No
Pilotshark 1 34 35 17.41% 20 No
polecat 3 7 10 4.98% 57 Yes
Reetz 7 2 9 4.48% 137 No
Mishima 2 2 4 1.99% 48 Yes
MT Spaces 1 2 3 1.49% 20 Yes
VeloVixen 1 0 1 0.50% 20 No
One Pissed Off Liberal 0 1 1 0.50% 0 Yes
MI Sooner 1 0 1 0.50% 16 Yes
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