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User Info: DontInterruptMe

DontInterruptMe
3 weeks ago#11
I'm not too concerned with a name being *common* so much as being reasonably intuitive to spell/pronounce while sounding relatively namelike. So by that metric, something like "Katelyn" (or whatever the next generation's equivalent) rates much worse than, say, "Link".

User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
3 weeks ago#12
roytheswordguy posted...
I ended up naming my kids Rocko and Daria, after two of the best cartoons of the 90s. The names aren't too weird and yet are unique enough to be remembered by their classmates. Perfectly balanced, etc.

Hi Roy, welcome to PMS!

User Info: Kylo Force

Kylo Force
3 weeks ago#13
Thinking about it a little bit more, I wonder how many parents named their children with the intention of having them avoid the specific name-based teasing and bullying they experienced, but that also had the side effect of having a blind spot for other name-based teasing and bullying.

Anyway I'm more along the opinion that as long as the name is firmly and genuinely intended as the first gift that parents ever give their children, then it's fine. I don't view Musk's move as this because no matter how firmly and genuinely intended as a gift it was to their kid, he also made the calculation that giving their kid that name would also generate -way- more attention than calling the kid Jayden.
"Sa taong walang takot, walang mataas na bakod."
"To those without fear, there is no such thing as a tall fence." - Filipino Proverb

User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
3 weeks ago#14
Kylo Force posted...
I don't know how common it is in other cultures, but I do know in Filipino culture it's definitely a thing for parents to mash together their names in order to create the names of one or more of their children.

I'm going to borrow examples from Wikipedia, all of which sound completely plausible to me:
* Maria + Carlos = Malolos
* Elvin + Liza = Elliza
* Marino + Erlinda = Marinerl
Or like, I knew a girl named Fredolin and I wouldn't be surprised if her parents' names are Frederick and Evelyn or something like that. Or we met another guy named Adelbert and we didn't know that was a German name but ALSO would not have been surprised if his parents' names were Adelyn and Norbert.

There's a half-Filipino guy I know whose name is Fredaljohn Rohrbaugh (I know, no part of that name doesn't seem Northern European to me either). His parents had friends named Fred, Al, and John. I have privately always thought it was stupid, and now I feel like a jerk. I didn't know this was a cultural thing. I thought his parents were just weird. In my defense, when he tells people about his name he makes NO mention of culture and just says "haha my parents had friends named Fred Al and John so they mushed 'em together". Anyway he goes by FJ.

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Kylo Force
3 weeks ago#15
Oh I mean even if it's a cultural thing it doesn't mean that it's not sort of ridiculous. My mom and her siblings were all given nicknames by their parents and hers is Peewee, directly after Peewee Herman.
"Sa taong walang takot, walang mataas na bakod."
"To those without fear, there is no such thing as a tall fence." - Filipino Proverb

User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
3 weeks ago#16
There's a nickname that aged well lol

User Info: willis5225

willis5225
1 week ago#17
Re: Peewee Herman, I remember when that happened my mom tried to explain it in kid-friendly terms. She was like "he took his penis out in a movie theater" and I was like "eww gross why" and she was like "well it was a pornographic movie theater." I was vaguely familiar with the concept because we used to watch NBC's Must See Thursday lineup as a family, so I was like "well isn't that sort of what the porno theater is for?" and she was like "yes but it was still gross."

I maintain that while it may be gross to crank it in the porno theater, puritanical jerking laws and capricious enforcement thereof are the greater crime against the public interest. Also it was the 90s and he didn't have the internet.
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
-Mimir

User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
1 week ago#18
"Puritanical jerking laws"? The only jerking law I know of is that you can't do it in public. Is even that too puritanical for you? I can agree regarding arbitrary enforcement, though: the fact that cops can freely decide when to enforce a law is one of the essential problems with policing as we know it.

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willis5225
1 week ago#19
It raises the question of whether a porno theater is a public place, no?
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
-Mimir

User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
1 week ago#20
It is generally understood to be one, like any other theater or retail establishment, as strange as it sounds in 2020 that people would want to watch porn in public.
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