Across the centuries, the name “Rachel” has fared well among favored first names. It currently ranks No. 79 among the top 4,200 most popular in the U.S., even though its literal meaning is “female sheep.” It dates back to the saintly Old Testament figure.
Nowadays, individuals so named risk being besmirched in cataclysmic proportions. “Rachel” could drop out of the top 4,200, perhaps even plummet into “worst of the worst” choices.
A robo-caller, “Rachel from Card Member Services,” begins her canned, spam-inspired spiel, with assurance that I’m in no trouble with my credit card. If I will but divulge credit card and Social Security numbers--ones I’d hesitate to share with next of kin — she can lower my credit card interest rate forthwith