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Who is who? Gonzalo Arnaiz/Unspash

Do you look like your name?

Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
In condemning terrorist attacks in Paris, French president Francois Hollande (center) used the term Da'ish to refer to Islamic State, a deliberate naming change. Reuters

Islamic State versus Da'ish or Daesh? The political battle over naming

The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.
Already having baby-naming regret? Don’t worry – look to the past for alternative role models. Still of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Universal Pictures

What’s in a name? Atticus Finch and his Roman forebears

Some parents have been horrified to discover that, in Harper Lee’s new book, Atticus Finch – long admired as a paragon of virtue – is a racist. Why? Because their kids are named after him. So, what now?

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