Sunday, August 19, 2007

Wh@@?

I think I'll stop reading newspapers, part 23,768....

So there's this Chinese couple who want to name their baby son "@" because, apparently, the Mandarin pronunciation of the "name" is roughly equivalent to "love him."

I'm not sayin' that's the only weird baby name to come down the pike recently. Usually, it's celebrities who want to lay nutball monikers on their babies -- Frank Zappa, sire to Moon Unit and Dweezil, was probably one of the first -- but it goes on everywhere these days. Some years ago, I met a woman called LaTrina; I thought naming her thus was kind of a shitty thing to do. And there was a casino in Vegas that paid a couple to name their child after the casino's web address....

It's rough enough for kids these days without saddling them with dimbulb names.

And then there's a photographer, Spencer Tunick, who wanders the world taking pictures of mass nudity in unlikely places. Can't see that there would be much money in that -- he probably lives off public (e.g. taxpayer-supported) "arts" money and foundation grants. Even as one who has a definite predilection for nudity -- female, anyway -- I find this tiring and banal. A one-trick act.

This time, he spread a bunch of unclad personages on a Swiss glacier to Make a Statement about "global warming." All that body heat probably didn't do the damn glacier any good.

Speaking of global warming: despite cloud cover, it's pretty warm here. Time to go for a walk before it gets hot....

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, there are a bunch of stupid names out there. It's hard to believe.

Enjoy your walk.

Gill

becomingkate said...

I have a client that named her son Blayden. I dunno why I don't like it, but it bugs me, lol.

Anonymous said...

Scrib-imagine naming a baby Lugene in 1956? come on that was worse than anyone can do!!! Lou

SunnyLane said...

This is a fun read, MrScribbler. It's so true. People do name their children weird names sometimes! I know of a lawyer in a roundabout way, by the name of "Cheatem" haha!

Kim said...

"... met a woman called LaTrina; I thought naming her thus was kind of a shitty thing to do..."

Boom-tish! I'm hoping that was intentional! In Oz, the craze is to give your child a traditional name, but spell it in an odd way. Like Kim would be Kymme, or something like that. Ugh.

sugarcane said...

Wasn't there a recent story about a couple who wanted to name their kid "Superman?" What the hell kind of drugs are parents taking these days?

MrScribbler said...

kim -- do you doubt it for even a second?

lou -- I find "Lugene" far less, well, risible than guys named Shaquille, Dominique or Keyshawn....

John said...

I think people fail to see themselves or their offspring as individual humans. They see the kids as toys or experiments. Or pets.
I agree, that so-called "photo artist" is about as Klassy as that freak porn guy who pretends to fight for America's first amendment rights. Can't think of his name, but his picture is in the dictionary under "sleazier than sleaze".