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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Sindayven » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:45 pm UTC

I like the idea of giving a child an extremely long one syllable name so it can't be shortened.
I came up with the name Sschdtwroughllpphque which is so far my favourite.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby The Scyphozoa » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:50 am UTC

Sindayven wrote:I like the idea of giving a child an extremely long one syllable name so it can't be shortened.
I came up with the name Sschdtwroughllpphque which is so far my favourite.

I would shorten that to Scho.

Semi-related: the longest one-syllable word is "shrieked".
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Sindayven » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:08 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:I would shorten that to Scho.


Well that's no fun. :(

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Lazar » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:08 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:Semi-related: the longest one-syllable word is "shrieked".

No it isn't. "Screeched" is longer both orthographically and phonemically.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:00 am UTC

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yes.....Dick Cox


and i'm Zachary but you can't spell it Zach cause thats not where the syllables break and theres no k so i spelled it Zac and people told me thats not how to spell it....so now i'm Zaq


Could be Richard Butts.

Harhar, iHound, toilet humor, you might say.

Anyhow, honestly the worst name you can name a child?

John. Goddamn. Smith.

I don't know why this happens. "Maybe MY John Smith will be the famous John Smith, and bring prosperity to all the John Smiths around the world!" I just don't know. It makes no logical sense to name your child something you know is so ludicrously common.

It's like naming your son Bob. Not Bobby or Robert, just Bob.

Bob. Boooooob. Goooooone. Well, I suppose it is a good, woody sort of name...

I went to high school with a John Smith.

Nobody else had his name.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Velifer » Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:17 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:No it isn't. "Screeched" is longer both orthographically and phonemically.

But I see your avatar, and wonder why "Screeched" isn't two syllables...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby TheChewanater » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:Semi-related: the longest one-syllable word is "shrieked".

No it isn't. "Screeched" is longer both orthographically and phonemically.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mazuku » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:12 pm UTC

There is one good thing about the present day when it comes to names, mainly that unusual names for babies are a lot more common nowadays, there-by reducing the chances that your child will be picked on for having a weird name.

As a side note, isn't it ironic that 100 years ago, the name Gaylord would have been seen as a respectavle gentlemen's name but if you were to name your son Gaylord now, it would be tantamount to child-abuse.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

TheChewanater wrote:
Lazar wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:Semi-related: the longest one-syllable word is "shrieked".

No it isn't. "Screeched" is longer both orthographically and phonemically.

Scraunched?

Schtroumpfed?
Squirrelled?
Broughammed?

Also, there are actually a bunch of ten-letter monosyllables, such as schmaltzed.

By the way, "strengths" is an incredibly complicated word for its length.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby meatyochre » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:33 pm UTC

Squirrel/squirrelled isn't a 2-syllable word? I say it like SKWIR-eld.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby animeHrmIne » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:18 am UTC

I say squirrelled like "whirled" with a "sk" sound on the front. One syllable.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Carlington » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:30 pm UTC

That seems to be something a lot of American accents do. Most British accents and Australian accents say "SKWIR-elled"
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Postby Monika » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:06 pm UTC

The North-East USians don't seem to say squirrel like whirl.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Iulus Cofield » Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:27 pm UTC

USians?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:57 pm UTC

What do you want to be called? "Citizen of the United States of America"? You can't reserve "Americans" for yourselves, that also applies to people in Canada, Central and South America. :P
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby meatyochre » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:24 pm UTC

Monika wrote:What do you want to be called? "Citizen of the United States of America"? You can't reserve "Americans" for yourselves, that also applies to people in Canada, Central and South America. :P

This has been discussed in various other threads already. tl;dr we can call ourselves whatever we want. Try calling a Canadian or a Mexican an American. Go on, we'll wait.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Oregonaut » Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:38 pm UTC

A good name for a boy would be Athammer.

A good name for a girl would be Ispit.
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Postby chridd » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:26 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:A good name for a girl would be Ispit.
"I spit"?
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Oregonaut » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:31 pm UTC

Would you prefer Iswallow?

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Makri » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:41 pm UTC

Did the combination of this German baby's orange-glowing face and her name "Pepita" make anyone else think of pepper?

The name is probably unique in the whole country... At least she can go by "Pep(p)i", which is a usual pet form of "Josef" or "Josefine" (the female form of the first)...
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Shelagh » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:05 am UTC

I suppose I could blame myself for this one. One of my friends named his eldest child (and only son) Zim Gabriel.

Yes. Invader Zim. Child and I have never actually met, since he was born and has so far been raised across the country, but I hear he's quite a charmer, so I think he'll be able to pull it off.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:12 am UTC

I was calling a client today and when the line was picked up, I quickly glanced down at the paper to see who I was going to be asking for.

Alyce.

I was already speaking, and I had this "oh my God, I don't know how to pronounce that" moment before I realised that it was probably Alice.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Eebster the Great » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:55 pm UTC

GhostWolfe wrote:I was calling a client today and when the line was picked up, I quickly glanced down at the paper to see who I was going to be asking for.

Alyce.

I was already speaking, and I had this "oh my God, I don't know how to pronounce that" moment before I realised that it was probably Alice.

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I always forget those names. Like if I know an Alisa, I might think it's Alice or Alison or Alissa or Alysia or Alicia or Allie or Allyson or . . .

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby meatyochre » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

Or Allysynn.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby lorabeth77 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:01 am UTC

I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Felstaff » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:52 am UTC

Monika wrote:
Somewhere wrote:A friend's cousin tried to name her kid La-a.
Apparently that is pronounced as "LaDasha."
I was amazed.

You are person number 5237 to make this claim in this thread (except the others said Le-a = Ledasha). Read on Snopes that it is a chain mail with no basis in reality.


(http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp)
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

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lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby michaelyw » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:08 pm UTC

I suggested "Hen3ry" if our first child is a boy.
My wife said no. We're still talking about names.

She recently suggested we follow the Narn style of naming. They don't have a name for the first 100 days and then they get a name chosen by the parents. Once they're old enough to choose (wisely) their own name, they're renamed. (I don't think we're actually going to do this either. FYI.)

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby meatyochre » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:38 pm UTC

michaelyw wrote:I suggested "Hen3ry" if our first child is a boy.
My wife said no. We're still talking about names.

She recently suggested we follow the Narn style of naming. They don't have a name for the first 100 days and then they get a name chosen by the parents. Once they're old enough to choose (wisely) their own name, they're renamed. (I don't think we're actually going to do this either. FYI.)

Oh come on, why does it have to be a wise choice? I'd love to be named Peanut Butter Wonder Woman Crunch.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mike_Bson » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:46 pm UTC

lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!

My brother told me the same story, except he was in the class. Suspicious.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Monika » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:40 pm UTC

lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!

Please specify the city and school your teacher friend teaches at. A copy of the kid's birth certificate or school records would also be appreciated.

Mike_Bson wrote:My brother told me the same story, except he was in the class. Suspicious.

Indeed. Also search for dash in this thread (use the search box directly above the thread) and you will find even more similar claims.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Whelan » Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:06 pm UTC

I'm beginning to think La-a isn't a real name at all. I mean everyone's cousin's friend's teacher has a story about meeting one of these girls, but no one has first hand experience.

Can we get a cheesegrater on La-a and Le-a please? Make them say instead "I am a tit who doesn't read threads in the slightest"
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby bigglesworth » Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:14 am UTC

Yeah, that would be good.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Mazuku » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:30 am UTC

You could always use a Fantasy Name Generator and keep on clicking until you find a name that appeals to you, if you really want an original name that is.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Felstaff » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:10 am UTC

Rilian wrote:I heard about someone named Le-a. And his mother said, "The dash ain't be silent. It's Ledasha."
BurningLed wrote:In Livington Parish, LA; there exists a small child named Le-a. It's pronounced Ledasha.
Somewhere wrote:A friend's cousin tried to name her kid La-a.
Apparently that is pronounced as "LaDasha."
lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!

ha my friend's cousin's hairdresser works in a hospital and a mom called her kid a sexually transmitted infection which is funny because she spoke in ebonics and reinforces stereotypes of stupidity amongst african americans. it's true because i got emailed it and i was told

they did the accent and everything
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:48 am UTC

lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!
Next time I'm bored and have an alcoholic drink to hand, I'm going to read this thread and take a shot every time someone invokes the la-dash-a story.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby SlyReaper » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:52 am UTC

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lorabeth77 wrote:I am a teacher and another teacher friend told me this one: on the first day she tried to pronounce "La-a" and it sounded like the letter "L" followed by two short "A" sounds. The student corrected her and said it was pronounced "la dash a"...you pronounce the dash mark!!
Next time I'm bored and have an alcoholic drink to hand, I'm going to read this thread and take a shot every time someone invokes the la-dash-a story.

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There's a snopes page about it.
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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby GhostWolfe » Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:59 am UTC

I know. I was commenting on how many times it's occurred in this thread alone, especially since someone links that article every damn time.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby splik2 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:08 am UTC

tiny wrote:There's a second way for German parents to give their children stupid names. They choose perfectly ordinary, but foreign names... and then they pronounce them wrongly... Like:
Justin - Tshusdin
Chantal - TSHUN-tull
Jennifer - Tshennifa
Nicole - NICK-oll
Pascal - PUS-cull
And then there was poor little Yves, who was called Üwes.
It's really painful to witness.


Pascal's pretty common in Germany (though more so in France). Like many other names with variations for different languages (Peter, Petrus, Pedro, Pietro), it's originally from Hebrew. Nicole's French, so we're at least as off as they are.

Your point still stands though, I've heard a lot of English names in German, and they usually sound stupid.

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Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Postby Grop » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:39 am UTC

The Germans have (or had) this trend of giving French names to their children, and sometimes the result is a bit weird (some young German people have old-fashioned French names for instance).

Now, saying Nicole as NICK-oll isn't really weird from the point of view of this French speaker (although I wouldn't stress the first part, but stress is utterly diffrent between French and German or English).


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