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Old 05-16-2019, 09:36 AM
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The names "Ernest" and "Earnest" were popular in the 1800s, inspired by the Victorian emphasis on the virtue of earnestness. One of the best-known poems of the era was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Psalm of Life", with its reminder that

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Oscar Wilde mocked the cult of earnestness in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.

Neither Longfellow (born in Maine in 1807) nor Wilde (born in Dublin in 1854) were Yankees fans.

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