Naming a Boat
Today I had a chat with peer managers on effective project naming, and struggled to translate the Russian idiom “Как корабль назовешь, так он и поплывет” (literally: “The way you name a ship, the same way she will sail“).
The most common translation of the idiom I found was “A ship will sail the way you name it“. However after some thinking I personally prefer “As you name a boat, same it’s gonna float“. And the reasons are:
Nevertheless, an advice to you, my dear friend:
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you bang a billy goat,
Don’t forget to scream.