Thursday, September 21, 2006

Anonymous

One of my students confessed today that she used to think "Anonymous" was a person's name. What is the difference between "Anonymous" and "Unknown"? I tried to explain to my senior British literature class that the author of Beowulf is unknown because we just don't know who wrote the poem but not anonymous because he wasn't trying to keep his identity hidden. Was I right? I was probably splitting hairs about the definition like I usually do.

3 comments:

Desiree said...

No, you're entirely in the right.

And I have to confess, there was a time in my life that I thought "Anonymous" was a person's name. (I also thought that Beatrice, which I pronounced Beat-rice, was the ugliest name I'd ever seen. :)

Natalie said...

Good. I feel vindicated. :-)

lizzybethjane said...

Hah - I used to think that as well. Especially when it was abreviated to "Anon." I ended up thinking that "Anon" was soe pretty famous dude : )