Create a Pen Name, Ben Franklin-Style

benjamin franklinDid you know that, as a 16-year-old, Benjamin Franklin wrote letters to the The New-England Courant posing as a middle-aged widow named Silence Dogood?

You can see all of his Silence Dogood letters at The Papers of Benjamin Franklin.

So here’s the game: Create your very own Silence Dogood-esque nom de plume by following Franklin’s formula.

  • Virtue forename + Two-word surname

The surname can be related to the first name (Honesty Truthteller) or be totally different (Fortitude Jellybean).

If you need help coming up with a virtue, you could always start with Ben Franklin’s personal favorites: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility.

Source: Virtue – Wikipedia


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