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Name-dropping is good

By Winston Fletcher   October 1999

Name-dropping gets a bad press. Name-droppers-as everyone knows-are insecure show-offs, ghastly bores hoping to mask their own grey non-entity by basking in others’ glory. Name-droppers assume, we assume, that we will think them frightfully glamourous because they know so many frightfully glamourous people. But we’re not impressed one iota. No way.

Despite which we all name-drop. There may be a few saints and hermits out there who don’t, but I have yet to meet them. By no means unknown to the habit myself, as adorable friends regularly remind me, I have tried to analyse why I do it. Doubtless-as everyone…

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