Let's think about it for a second.
My name is Basil. We've covered that before. It's pronounced BAZ-il. Short "a" sound (cat, fat, mat, bat), accent on the first syllable. We've covered that.
The thing is, not only is it my name, it's the name of others. For instance:
- Basil Rathbone. Played Sherlock Holmes in many movies.
- Basil Fawlty. A character played by John Cleese in the BBC series Fawlty Towers.
- St. Basil the Great. Bishop of Caesarea.
- Basil of Baker Street. Mouse detective, known in the U.S. as lead character in Disney's The Great Mouse Detective.
- Tony Basil. "Oh Mickey, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey..." Remember that song?
- Basil White. Standup comedian.
- Basil Flint. Comic strip.
Then, there's the fact that "basil" is also the name of an herb. Pronounced "BAY-zil." Long "a" sound (cake, fate, mate, bait), accent also on the first syllable. Lots of people mispronounced my name that way.
Also, there are a truckload of Websites dedicated to recipes involving basil.
Anyway, the point is all those people ... real and fictional ... have Websites. As does the herb and recipes involving the herb.
And this little blog ranks above them all ... insofar as Google is concerned.
What's up with that?!
Number one Google search for "Basil." Or "basil." You pick.
Proof the world's going to Hell in a handbasket.