Elsewhere on this blog, one of my reader’s (“Sherah”) asked:
“Why do you use a/k/a instead of dba?”
In other words, why to I argue that the name “ALFRED N ADASK” is merely an alias (a/k/a, also known as) for the proper name “Alfred Adask”–rather than argue that “ALFRED N ADASK” signifies something like a “business” or legal fiction that is other than the man “Alfred Adask”?
It’s a good question. I’ve answered it before in other posts and comments on this blog. But, in my opinion, this question deserves to be answered again because it brings up an insight that’s important, but also so subtle that most people don’t immediately get it.
It’s also good for me to revue my own theories from time to time to see if I still agree my previous conclusions.
More, I started out to write a reply to Sharah’s question that would only be a couple of paragraphs long, but it grew and grew until I had 2,200-word article rather than a two-paragraph reply. So I’m posting this as an article.
Sherah’s question is above.
My answer is below: