Over the weekend some friends kept a group of us entertained with their list of potential names for a soon to be expected bundle of joy.
What people would think of the name, potential nicknames and other couples who’d “baggsed the name” were all key considerations.
But curiously, how that preferred name was spelled did not come into the equation at all.
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Australia, we suck at pronunciation. After all, we’re the country that can barely pronounce its own name. Aus-tray-lia? It’s Straya, mate. Love it or leave it.
Peoples’ names? Nope, too hard. Yesterday, Puncher Anthony Sharwood took to the streets to conduct a hilarious survey for News.com.au about our seventh most popular last name: Nguyen. Most streetfolk challenged to say the name properly answered with some variation of neg-ewe-yen (proper pronunciation right here). One bloke even asked if the Vietnamese surname was Aboriginal.
Riiiiight. And Nguyen’s just the tip of the iceberg. People often say the Chinese surname, Zhang, as zang. It’s jung. I can name at least two Greek families I know who have last names six syllables long. Most people can’t say them - and most Greek surnames are fairly phonetic.
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Angela is so not “me”. I’m definitely a Clementine. Maybe a Rebecca. Seraphina at a pinch, especially on the days I wear stripes and drink rosé and lounge on a yacht – which, of course, is never. But I would if I wasn’t called Angela.
Sorry, Mum, but Angela is a library monitor’s name. It’s capable and no-nonsense – which I am, I suppose. But how was I ever going to pull off whimsical with those thudding syllables? An-Ge-La. Like ‘potato’ or “phlegmatic”, it’s a word that sulks rather than skips off the tongue.
My husband is similarly burdened. Think of an English name beginning with N, popular in the ’60s and often suffixed with the expression “no friends”. Poor bugger. He’s so not his name. He’s a Tom, a Will, a Sam. A belly laugh of a man living under a dullard’s name.
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The exact time and date of the beginning of the end of civilisation is said to be recorded on the birth certificate of an Israeli baby.
Arriving suspiciously close to last week’s planetary alignment, Like Adler wasn’t fooling anyone.
While reportedly exceptionally cute and a source of profound joy to her parents - Lior and Vardit - many believe she is also a harbinger of society’s downfall.
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It has always baffled me why feminists desperately cling to the notion that keeping your maiden name after marriage is somehow an indication of how empowered you are as a woman.
How does choosing your father’s name over that of your husband make you any more independent? Either way you end up with a man’s name. At least you get to choose your husband.
Footy WAG and mum-to-be, Rebecca Judd (nee Twigley) is the latest high profile woman to be criticized for her decision to adopt her husband’s name. Feminists cannot understand why so many young, professional women prefer to legally change their name & give up their identity. I don’t pretend to speak for Mrs Judd but I can completely understand her decision and applaud her for embracing traditional values over the flawed feminist obsession with symbolism and semantics.
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I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but there’s a dangerous outbreak of M.I.S. in Australia at the moment.
It first struck the upper echelons of the business community, but has since trickled down to middling players in the showbiz, media and legal fraternities. Like many trends it began in North America, where its sufferers include actor William H. Macy and former President George W. Bush.
It’s Middle Initial Syndrome. And it’s coming to a business card near you.
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Lucy and Gemma, two pretty little girls, live across the road from me.
While walking on the beach, I regularly meet a trio of handsome hunks named Max, Henry and George, as well as a stately old lady, Rosie, and her sprightly young companion, Ruby.
Their owners are Shane, Riley, Jordan and Tayla. (That’s one boy and three girls, for the record.)
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Well, Tiger Woods’ long-standing mistress is a woman who’s last name is Grubbs. Does that say it all, or what?
My friends have been asking me how I spend my time at home with a 15-month-old.
When I tell them that between Play School and swimming lessons I follow a theory called nominative determinism they sort of nod and smile politely.
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For a few years now I’ve noticed a weird phenomena with names where a person ends up in something associated with their name.
The New Scientist has coined the phrase ‘nominative determinism’, and Consuming Experience is a website dedicated to it.
So I’m not the only one who’s noticed.
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