a rose by any other name would smell as sweet


a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Meaning
A suggestion that a thing is what it is, not what it is called.
Origin
From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Wally Argus, a correspondent from Alabama, reports that the reference was a side-swipe that the Globe Theatre's rival the Rose Theatre which had less than effective sanitary arrangements.

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