PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

The FAQ Question of the Day

Q: Shouldn't people have interesting names to distinguish themselves?
A: Would John Fitzgerald Kennedy be a more interesting person if he were named Dakota Ruger Kennedy?
Is "Marilyn Monroe" really more "unique" than "Norma Jean Baker"?
Would John, Paul, George and Ringo (ne Richard) have been worse musicians than Maverick, Taybree, Kason and Tom (ne Anakin)?

The ones who take already interesting names and "special" them up with odd spellings are the ones that really get my goat. They're hedging their bets too much. Funny part is, I've gotten some really nice comments from these same people, which, no joke, I really appreciate.

Q: You just don't like these names because they're new! Get with the times! In 50 years, won't names like Madison and Mackenzie be considered old fashioned!?
A: Yes, they'll be considered old-timey pretentious names instead of new and fashionable pretentious names.

Q: So what are your kids' names?
A: Don't have any, and don't have any names picked out for the future. Although I'm leaning toward a symbol that can't be pronounced, or maybe a series of high-pitched screeches.

Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing: A Primer on Parent Cruelty
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