Does your mind ever play tricks on you? It must. This is why we all enjoy optical illusions and close-up magic. We marvel that we can stare at one thing and see something else.
But does it ever happen with your name? A friend of mine recently wrote, “I have to tell you, when I was in Chicago last week we were staying at the Chicago Hilton, and everywhere I looked there were signs inviting me to apply to be a member of the Hilton rewards program. The signs had just two words: Join Hilton, and I kept thinking I was seeing your name.”
I’ve actually had the same thing happen—when typing my own name I’ve often transposed it to read “Join” instead of “Joni.” Even worse, I sometimes write “XoXo” to loved ones, and occasionally I’ll check it before sending and realize that it actually says “SoSo.”
But does your name spell something else if you mess with the letters? Think about St. Bob. His name spells Bob forward and backward, the lucky duck. But what if your name is Bart? Do you sometimes write Brat? Did Burl Ives sometimes write Blur Eyes?
And sometimes we see what we want to see. Anytime I see a sign that starts with “C” my mind wants to read, “chocolate.”
But usually it just says “Capital” something, since I live in California’s capital, Sacramento. Naturally you find Capital bank, Capital cleaners’, Capital café—all of which could double their business if they simply changed the first word to Chocolate.
Sadly, the word “Chocolate” is not in any of my book titles. But you can write it in if you prefer, for a more delicious read. Heck, you can even cross out “Joni” and write “Join” if you wish.