Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What’s in a name?)

This topic might sound a little bizarre to you, but I aim to show justification. Sometimes people really don’t know what they want to be called. I have heard some men refer to some women as Ma’am but I have also heard some women say that it makes them feel old.  I have heard many men refer to woman as “baby” but some will get offended at that. Blacks were called many different names, from negroes to African American. The latter name sounds kind of long to me but some will adhere to it. I asked a gay woman what is the proper definitive term to call them. I like to be respectful to all. She said that everyone is different and what is offensive to some may not be offensive to others. To me, it felt like the term “queer” was repulsive, but she said that it was not offensive to her. She also said that the term “gay” is fine. Since I don’t know what they experience, it is difficult for me to figure out how to address them respectfully. When people don’t know your real name they have to refer to you as something. Is there any label that can work for everyone? A name can say a lot about other people, but it also says a lot about you. Do you ever think about what you call others? As a musician, I refer to each job I do as a “gig.” A lot of people don’t understand what a gig is. I’m not sure of what else I can call it. Diversity is what makes each and every person unique. Maybe one day we will find a term that is reflective of everyone. Until then, your guess is as good as mine… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jolly Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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