?Noun Is Not The Only Name

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DictionaryBy Albinus Chiedu
The Cambridge Advanced Learner?s Dictionary of English language defines noun as ?a word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.?
As a part of speech in English, a noun is defined as ?a name of any person, animal, place or thing.? This definition implies that the name given to a person must always be a noun and perform the function of a noun in a sentence.
A catalogue of names borne by many people today are not necessarily nouns as many bear words belonging to other parts of speech as their names. This seems to imply that the age-long definition of noun is not correct.
For instance, there are people who bear names like?Prosper. This is not a noun but a verb. A verb is a word or phrase that describes an action or experience. Words like?Marvelous, Precious, Righteous?andSimple?are all adjectives, which people bear as names today. The word,?Divine?is both a verb and an adjective and not a noun. Yet, people have it as their name. An adjective is a word that describes a noun or pronoun.
The list is endless of English words that are not nouns, which people bear as names. It may be true that this trend of bearing just any part of speech as someone?s name has been partly driven by the myth and religious belief that an individual?s success or destiny can be influenced by names that the person bears.
However, the owners of English language have got some explanations to make as regards the age-long definition of the word ?noun? and how it corresponds with the current trend in human naming. Is this violation a reflection of influence of modernization and civilization on the English language or an exposure of the wrongness of the original definition of noun? This question must be answered.
Albinus Chiedu, CEO, Output Communications, 29, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos
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