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Translation Tuesday: The Monogram

July 22, 2014

According to Google, a monogram is: a motif of two or more letters, typically a person’s initials, usually interwoven or otherwise combined in a decorative design, used as a logo or to identify a personal possession.

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Now, I got my first monogrammed accessory when I was in middle school. Remember, I grew up above the Mason-Dixon line. Monograms weren’t all the rage like they are down here. No, my first piece was a monogrammed broach of my initials from my Grandmother who lives down here. She was born and bred in the South, minus a stint in NYC for several years after she was done with college. I digress. Anyway, she had already sent me a couple of pieces… broaches, necklaces, bracelets, purses and such with my monogram on them before I moved down for college. Therefore, it wasn’t a shock for me to see it when I moved down south.

Back in the day monograms really were used surrounding weddings. Often given on gifts when a woman got married to symbolize her taking her husband’s name. They popped up on a lot of towels. And this definitely still happens, but it is not reserved just for weddings and such now.

Monograms. It is just a big deal down here. I mean, people monogram their norts, their rain boots, icons for the back of their car. Do I like monograms- yes. Do I think some people are little obsessed with it and take it too far at times- yes. I mean norts with a monogram on them? These are gym shorts people. It seems a little much to me. But hey, that is only my opinion, and probably an excellent reminder that I am a converted southerner and not born and raised.

So, why is it such a big deal? Well, for one it is a fashion thing. But really, the reason my Grandmother was so sweet with things like that was that it was a PERSONAL gift. Something clearly picked out just for me, and isn’t that the best sentiment behind a gift? Something that was selected just for you? I think it is sweet.

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And so now you know…. if you come to the South, don’t be surprised when you see everything monogrammed… from shoes to coolers. We love out monograms down here!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2014 12:09 am

    I have a southern friend who moved to the PNW for a while who had her monogram on the rear window of her car. Never seen such a thing! Although hers are a good ~14″ tall, I did follow her lead and put 4″ initials on my car. 😉

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