rose by any other name would smell as sweet

rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Prov. The nature of a thing is more important than what it is called. (From Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet.) Bob was upset when his job title was changed from "administrative assistant" to "secretary." We tried to convince him that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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Remember a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," Shakespeare's Juliet gushes about her Romeo.