You’re Den!

Dear Optimists,

Don’t call me it! So here in the U.S. we have a game called tag in which everyone runs away and avoids one person, and the one everyone is running away from is “it“. As in, “Tag, you’re it!” So basically, from a young age we’re taught that being “it” is a negative thing. It’s bad. Yucky. Blech.

So today, Nadia made me aware of the fact that in both Danish and Norwegian (and who knows how many more languages!) my nickname Den (short for Dennis) is translated as “it“! Are the Danes and the Norwegians out to get me? Do they have a hatred that is so strong that they have decided to use my name to mean “it”?

Probably just a coincidence.