Saturday, December 07, 2002

Vocabulary question: What is the opposite of 'anonymous'?

There's a new project underway--a project to make Sour Bob famous.

I cautioned him, of course, to consider whether he is altruistic and self-sacrificing enough to handle fame.

While doing so it occurred to me that there is the possibility of anonymous fame. But what then is the opposite of anonymity? Is there a word for this? There must be.

The divine Babs achieved fame but in the process also lost her anonymity.

However, anonymous fame might not be such a terrible thing. If it leads to acclaim and money...but then it would never serve the true purpose of fame. So what is anonymous fame for? Well, even those who remain anonymous do die. But somehow I think it must be in a different category.


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