I wonder if St. Augustine's parents, i.e. Patrick and St. Monica, ever had the vexing problem of fending off nicknames for their son. His name is 'Augustine' -- not 'Gus,' 'Gussie,' 'Auggie,' 'Aug,' or any other derivative. I wonder of St. Monica ever tried to get the name 'Tino' to catch on, to the relative dismay of her husband. I wonder if they ever had to correct people for using the pronounciation 'August-een,' instead of 'August-in.' If you're detecting some personal animus here, be assured that your perceptions are accurate.
And if it shows you the utter lack of culture that still perpetuates itself in some parts of Northern Virginia, my neighbor responded to the announcement of my son's birth, after handing me a Miller Lite, with the shout, 'Damn, the Romans are comin'!' No, my friend, please go back to school and learn the distinction between the pagan Emperor and the Catholic saint.
# posted by Jamie : 1:29 PM