What do you see when you picture someone with the name “Simon”?
For me, and I think for many people, the name “Simon” conjures up someone fairly nerdy. I don’t know exactly where this impression came from — Simple Simon the nursery rhyme, Simon Says the children’s game, Simon the electronic memory game, Simon the bespectacled cartoon chipmunk — maybe all these things together.
But now we have Simon Cowell, the brutally honest American Idol judge who’s been in the public eye for several years now. I don’t watch the show–I rarely watch TV at all, in fact–but even I know who this man is and how much America loves to hate him.
Do you think his influence will be strong enough to put a new spin on “Simon”? Will those who grow up watching American Idol see the name “Simon” as brainy, or abrasive? (Or something else?)