March 12, 2008
Bad Baby Naming Won’t Hurt You
Yesterday's New York Times article on “A Boy Named Sue, and a Theory of Names” reviews a book entitled Bad Baby Names, which suggests that people with names like Please Cope or Major Slaughter should do okay in life.
If you meet a person named Mary Christmas, don’t feel too bad for her. Ms. Christmas probably likes her cheerful name, as does Rasp Berry. At least one blogger has picked a “best of the bunch." Here we are talking about names like Toilet Queen and Acne Fountain, which have surprisingly not proven to be a hardship to their holders.
I don't believe it.
Celebrities often get a roasting, but not enough for the Celebrity Baby Names Blog, which reminds us that our favorite movie stars have dubbed their kids “Pilot Inspektor, Moxie Crimefighter, Audio Science, Kal-El, Bluebell Madonna and Princess Tiaamii.”
Even a name like Ima Reck is not the worst, at least the New York Times article avoided the really politically incorrect names in order to appeal to the bridal shower contingent.
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