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Are silly names an impediment?

Rita64 02 Jul 99 - 02:04 AM
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Subject: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:04 AM

I am just here at work desperately procrastinating on a friday afternoon ... and I am wondering, what kind of effect can a personal name have on your life?

When I was a wee little girl I had a friend named Angela Grubb who had to bear the barrage of jokes at her expense daily. She also had strange puffy hair which didn't help the situation ... where is Grubby now I wonder? What sort of woman is she, what has she become? I also know a 12 year old girl with the surname Longbottom ...

In a strange mood today ~ FYM


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:20 AM

Oh, many famous people seem to have ridiculous names, don't they? Conway Twitty, Engelbert Humperdink (whose songs Charles Kratz sings with gusto before vespers) and ... oh I'm sure there are others. I am just fixated on musicians.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: alison
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:36 AM

there wa a Hazel Nutt who used to take the guide troup I was in........ she did not have an easy time ot it...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: SeanM
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:40 AM

In American men, silly names seem to breed football players... Dick Butkiss is probably my favorite...

M


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:44 AM

AAAACKKKK! It was actually seed whose monastic religious zeal was coupled with Humperdink worship. Apologies to Mr Kratz ... who I suspect might chuckle when he reads that he was celibate for a while.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 02:49 AM

Aaaaaaaarghhhh - I meant to say it was Joe Offer but my fingers typed "seed". I'm really not as ditzy as this thread makes me seem. Honest.

Someone ... anyone ... rescue me from the foggy minded friday hell ...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 03:10 AM

Yeah, Youngmaid, and you spelled "Humperdinck" wrong. The guy who sang "Please Release Me" was born with the name Arnold George Dorsey in India in 1936. He took on the name of the German composer who wrote Hansel and Gretel. Click if you dare.
-Joe Offer, who bears no resemblance to BSeed/Charles Kratz-


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 03:25 AM

And didn't I read in another thread that Conway Twitty likewise chose his nom de guerre himself?

Do Americans have names like "Cholmondley", "Farquharson" or "Featherstonehaugh" where the pronunciation bears little resemblance to the spelling (Chumley Farson and Fanshaw respectively), or are you all phonetic?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 03:41 AM

Joe, you know how it is--who can tell the difference between us Californians with our hair bleached and our skin tanned from all those days spent surfing? How are the waves up there on the American River? Although it was strange to see my names in your posts above, FYM, I'm flattered to be mistaken for Joe Offer.

I had a student once named Fanny Darling. Of course on the roll sheets, it was written Darling, Fanny--which I refrained from pronouncing aloud, sweet guy that I am.

--seed


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Banjer
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 04:05 AM

I think parents who give their kids such names have a combination of a wicked sense of humor and a strong dislike for kids. Or as in 'Boy Named Sue' ala Johnny Cash they give them those names to assure that they will grow up strong because thay costantly have to defend themselves. I went to school with a poor kid whose surname was KNUTTSON, his first name was HAROLD. He went through school being called, what else?, Harry Knutts....


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 06:42 AM

Fair Youngmaid--

I have taught folks with surnames like Hunkapillar, Screws,and Plunk, and those are just the ones which come immediately to mind. They didn't seem to suffer terribly from the onus of such monikers, probably because the families were well established in the mountains. I have also known a Pigg and an Axmaker and a descendant of a famous American lawmaker named Earp. As Seed points out, it's when parents become onomastically creative with Christian names that we encounter combinations that are notable. In my career here in Alabama I have taught two young ladies who were named Bama, and I attended high school with a girl named Phyllis Willis.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: reggie miles
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 10:34 AM

I went to highschool with a guy by the name of Jack Knoff.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: reggie miles
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 10:48 AM

I'll attest that having a name that happens to rhyme with that favorite of school yard pastimes, giving wedgies, wasn't a piece of cake either. Presently I seem to have an almost unnatural aversion to thong bathing attire for some unexplainable reason.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: John OSh
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 12:34 PM

If they are advantageous or detrimental, "funny" names give us something to laugh at!

I went to school w/ a Mary Christmas

A friend who is an lawyer gave me a couple of funny ones she went against.

One was Nosomo King (No Smoking) And another was Shithead (really) which he pronounces as she- tade

Pretty mean parents!

John OSh


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Walrus
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 01:27 PM

I knew a young lady called Crystal James, nothing wrong there, but she seriously considered keeping her own name when she married, her husband's name was Chris Ball.

Walrus


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Emmie
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 06:30 PM

My boyfriend had a gp called doctor knob.I like that one a lot.I also knew someone called Cherry Pickles.The other day someone phoned my office and her name was Ms Fookar.(very hard not to laugh) I love silly names, there used to be a childrens tv presenter in england called christopher lilycrap that's a great one. At school there was a girl called Debra Allcock and she got called allcock no balls. So yes I think a silly name can be dificult!! I will stop now because I could go on for ever on this particular subject. Emmie


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Helen
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 06:49 PM

Hi all,

There was a girl at my high school called Helen Mellen, and I heard of a girl called Tess Tickell (testicle) but I can't vouch for the truth of this one personally.

Helen, in Oz


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 06:51 PM

In my newspaper days, I ran across a name in an accident report (I think): Pomeroy Grumbles. --seed


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Chet W.
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 06:51 PM

I don't know if all you teachers out there have my experience with odd student names. I have had kids with the following first names (honest to God): Mayonaisse, Pajamas, two brothers named Lemonjello and Orangejello (pronounced so that they sort of rhyme with Angelo), Female (rhymes with tamale), four brothers named James, James Junior, Junior James, and James the Last, and Ovary. This is just the beginning. I'm compiling a list.

Chet W.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 07:04 PM

I do indeed believe that the monicker you're stuck with can change the course of your life. Remember the old sit-com "WKRP" Les Nesman actually thinks he has a chance with Jennifer (fly me to the moon) until he meets one of her tradesmen. "Hi, I'm Les...Glad to meet you, I'm Steel!" says the guy. Les shrinks away. Personally I always thought Richard Fielding sounded like an English barrister. I would have much preferred to be named "Lance Boyle" or at least Kato Kalyn!
I (being a good "new man" sort) would have been happy had Heather wanted to keep her maiden name, but she said after having "Docherty" mis-spelled and mis-pronounced for 30 years, Fielding would be fine!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Pete (inactive)
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 08:37 PM

I used to be called Wells Fargo

- But it was only a stage name!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rita64
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 08:47 PM

Silly names:

Savage Nettles Freeze Quick Even Keel Wanda Farr Love Joy Ima Hogg Ura Pigg Parry Keet Upson Downs Phoebe McKeeby Lo Fat

Can anyone think of more?


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 09:16 PM

I went to school with a girl named Sharon Peters. When we were in about the 7th grade and starting to figure things out a little, my best friend's Dad (who was one of the funniest people I ever knew) looked at Mike and I and said, of course, that it sounded like a new kind of bathroom game. A few years ago she came to the 30 year reunion and I wanted to tell her that I'd been using her name as a joke for 35 years. Fortunately I had an attack of good judgement.

Then there was the race for the new Columbus phonebook every year to see if Peter Pounder was still listed. I think he was deleted in about '79.

For those of you who wanted to know why the maw-in-law is called "Clarence," a few years back, for various wacko reasons, she had her phone listed under "Clarence O'Doull." Since we are both named Pat, I started referring to her as Clarence and it caught on with the rest of the family.

Like Banj said, some parents are a bit perverse, but mine decided to simplify the name issue. If your last name is Patterson, they're going to call you Pat, so they named me Patrick. Hence, I'm always a little amazed when people ask, "What should I call you?" Being a longterm smartass, for many years I'd answer, "Either Cletus or Buford, whichever you prefer." This explains Cletus and Buford for you too.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 Jul 99 - 10:22 PM

Names are a favorite of mine. Especially when UPS drops off some metal from the refinery. I got a call from my silver supplier asking if I had an employee named "Dover Straits" I said yes.

But I also employ, Amanda Huggenkiss, Grover Muttley, Wadlow Cuffington, Garland Van der Snane, Wilcox Crittendon, Boyle DeMonion, the list seems endless some times....

Don


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 03 Jul 99 - 08:26 PM

There is a lawyer in my city named Brick Wall, short for Brickford. Nice guy, but he must have taken some teasing in his time.

Look at the hockey player, surname Satan. I know it isn't pronounced that way, but it could open you up to some joking for sure.

I'll always said that if I am ever blessed with a daughter, I am going to call her Celestial Fallafel. It has a nice ring to it.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From:
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 12:38 AM

we've always giggled at the family friends named:
Shirley Whirley
Buelah Houlahan
and
Firley and Fifi Fife

and a college friend of mine is named Richard Edward Schultz Jr., and encourages people to call him "the Little Dick Ed". his father is, of course, the Big Dick Ed.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 12:57 AM

I had a suite mate in college named Liza Lipschitz. I loved that name. (She didn't.)

kc


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Barbara
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 01:33 AM

Went to school with a Molly Cassandra Clark; we called her Molly Cassandra Candy Clark.
Some friends named their son Tucker; I always thought it was a mistake to call your child a name that rhymed with a common epithet, but he seems to be coming out okay.
My dad went to school with a William Pence, but I didn't know that was his name as Dad and all his buddies called the man "Sus". He also got our first sailboat (actually a sinkboat) from a Harry Broad.
My first optometrist was a Russian man named Dr. Ivan Doctor.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Sourdough
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 04:51 AM

When James Dean's Porsche collided with a large American car, killing him instantly and transforming him into an icon representing a period of cultural history, there was another story. It was about the effect of an odd name.

The driver of the other car survived but he had the unfortunate handicap of an unusual name. I don't remember his first name but I can understand why he changed his famly name. If you had read a couple of articles about the post accident life of young Mr. Turnipseed, you would have remembered his name. Every Turnipseed you met you would wonder.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Ted from Australia
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 09:38 AM

I worked once with a Doctor Doctor and a Doctor D'eath
Dentist in Cairns Chu and Payne
Friend swears he went to school with Dwayne Pipe
Regards, Ted


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: bob schwarer
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 10:03 AM

Went to a Dr. Butcher once.
A kid back in school had the last name "Cherry". Everyone called him "Buster".

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: annamill
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 10:44 AM

This is going to sound like a joke I may have made up, but a friend of mine who works as a modem engineer for Lucent had a boss named ..ready..Eberhardt Wonderlick. Honest!!

When he first told me I laughed for half and hour. Hell, I'm laughing now! I so desperately wanted him to take me to an office party so, when I was introduced to ole "Eberhardt", I could say "is that true!!".

Love, (giggling) annap


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: RiGGy RACKIN
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 12:08 PM

School days name with bathroom onomatopoeia: ........Fritzi Dudi !! Not that I would know if there's an impediment to having a silly name ..... RiGGy


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 07:34 PM

There is a Doctor Deathe here in Ontario too, a respected specialist in an area that escapes my memory right now. He pronounces it "deeth" however.

I am lucky unless I am around those who know Elizabethan English. My name is pronounced "Jakes", hardly a flattering surname. Oddly enough, I had a great-aunt with the surname Outhouse.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 07:47 PM

There is a well-known lady here noted for her community involvement named Victoria Cross -- I've often wondered if she has a brother George.

There was a family in my home town with the surname Quackenbush, which led to any number of jokes about ducks in their trees.

There really was an historical person by the name of Englebert Humperdink, from whom the singer took his name. I can't remember what the original did. Just like there was a real Jethro Tull, who IIRC invented the seed drill. (Could be wrong on that.)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 08:19 PM

there used to be a waitress in Winfield,Kansas named Eva Mae Scritch......and for years I had..(may still have in one of those boxes in the basement) a little newspaper with an ad for a strip joint outside of Wichita --featuring, (with picture!).."Penelope Klutchenback...300 lb. Go-Go Mamma"

on another tack..I've always been uncomfortable around women who choose to go thru life named "Fifi, Dodo, Bubbles,Boopsie, Zha-zha...etc....(I know, if it didn't bother THEM, why should I care?) *shrug*..I just wish they'd discard cutsey little nick-names after about 12 or so...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: emily rain
Date: 04 Jul 99 - 11:52 PM

i heard tell of a kid whose last name was "shithead" pronounced "shi-theed". my friend kevin rich was always seated next to him in elementary school (alphabetical), and as the teacher read down her list of names she would say "rich" and then stop........stunned.......until the poor kid piped up "it's pronounced shi-theed, ma'am"


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 12:33 AM

A friend who built the Hawaiian Chieftain & loved anything to do with salt water named his boy Sea, he was such a bright kid I'd've thought he would've called him Sun. Another friend named his daughter May Day, after watching how kid turned out I thought if my daughter turns out to be half the human I'd be real proud. Barry


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 04:00 AM

People can take very ordinary names like Morgan and transform them into 'Big M - small organ'. Friends of the family named Punch had no idea that the name Judith may cause problems, nor the Kok family who gave their daughter the perfectly acceptable name of Chooi.

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 07:53 AM

If my daughter turns out half-human, I'll be satisfied. Judging from the bottom of her wardrobe (closet over there!), she's turning into Imelda Marcos.

A funny name never did Doc Boggs any harm, did it?

Steve


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Nathan
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 01:37 PM

In Amarillo, Texas, there's a funeral home called "Boxwell Brothers".


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: LEJ
Date: 05 Jul 99 - 07:45 PM

In my long-haired youth, I had a friend named Bob Latter. Since he was short, he naturally acquired the nick-name "Step". We also had the habit of calling a grim situation a "Bumer", pronounced BYOO'-mer , kind of a play on bummer. When Step's girlfriend got pregnant, he was a reluctant father, and insisted on naming his daughter Steppanie Bumer Latter. She grew up to be a beautiful woman with all of her Mom's class, and most of her Dad's sense of humor.

Mom had a proctologist named Dr. Asman (pre-destination?) I also have a regular customer last name Duck, first name (you guessed it) Donald. And the poor bastard in my High School Home Room, Dickey Short."Robinson,Tom[here!]...Sears, Judy [here!]...Short, Dickey [general laughter]


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: ddw in windsor
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 01:23 AM

I went to school with a kid named Peter Heimann; we used to call him bloody pair.

The moniker didn't seem to hurt him, tho' -- he was one of the brightest guys I ever knew and the last I heard of him he was in medical school.

Other names I always thought a little strange were a couple of USAF acquaintances named Jack Roach and Gary Mudd.

ddw


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: McMusic
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 02:28 AM

Went to high school with a guy named Jack Frost. One night he was pulled over by the cops; when theyasked him his name, and he replied....well, it wasn't pretty. Also, knew of a couple with the last name "Hamm". Had a baby girl--named her Virginia (poor kid).


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bert
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 08:25 AM

I knew an electrician once named Ted Flicker.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 09:13 AM

The vet who tended our critters when I was growing up was Dr. Hatchett.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 10:11 AM

I have long been a fan of unusual names.

I attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto. No newcomer ever made it through the Athletic wing without being shown a picture of one of the the championship football teams from long ago. One of the players had the misfortune of being named Harry Kuntz. Alas, the last time I was there for a reunion the picture was gone, The Basilian Fathers probably being tipped to the long standing joke.

My buddy insists that there was a professional tennis player in the seventies named Shlomoe Glickstein. I never heard of him, but think this may be the greatest handle of all time.

I once was trying to get credit information from a Chinese person who spoke very little English. It turns out that she was applying on behalf of her boyfriend, whose name was Yu. Trying to get to the bottom of it was almost like an Abbott and Costello routine. Her saying 'me not Yu' and me replying 'who is Yu? This is kind of the readers digest version, but I wish that I had a tape recorder present for the entire conversation.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Penny S
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 12:05 PM

Pearl Button and Cherry Orchard were at school with my sisters, so I'm told.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Tony Burns
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 12:13 PM

Here's a story you may like Steve.

At a previous company I asked to have my cubicle name plate inscribed Tony Burns only to be told that the company policy was that the name plates had to be only frist initial and last name. So a name plate arrived inscribed T. Burns and all the other employees had the same format to conform to the policy. The policy suddenly changed one day when we hired Flora Yu.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 06 Jul 99 - 12:43 PM

That's a beauty Tony. Where you at the Carlos del Junco show at the Dungeon in Oshawa last fall?


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 05:18 AM

when i was in college, a number of other students had unfortunate names- especially when the names were called out surname first.

there was charles prince who's reversed name would cause a minor smirk, and willy stretch when called out had everyone doubled up with laughter.

where i later worked, a colleague gaynor o'connor married a mike mann & became 'gay mann'!

we had a manager called mike hunt. a young female temp typist came around the office on her first day looking for mr hunt.

she kept asking 'have you seen mike hunt?'


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: weerover
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 05:44 AM

A number of families around my area have the surnames Hailstones and Kneebone. As a boy I had acquaintances at various times called John Peel, James Bond and Davy Crockett (who may well read this as I know he has sung in folk clubs since)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 06:16 AM

Terrance Bull, (TerryBull)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Micca
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 06:31 AM

My friend Jim SWEARS he went to school with a guy called Cartwright, whose 1st name was Orson...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Giac
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 08:11 AM

Iva Hardgrave, P. A. Bean.

Hugo P. Cook (who made a career of selling photographic prints of a shot he said he made of the Wright Brothers first flight. Had a penchant for very, very young housekeepers at his mountain cabin. If the age disparity were pointed out, he'd loudly disclaim, "No co-habitation here, it's all right, no co-habitation!" He did make quite good elderberry wine.

Mary


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: DMcG
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 09:05 AM

My wife works with a 6 foot 6 Caribbean, built in proportion to his height. His name is Hyacinth. Apparantly it is not rare where he was born, but in the UK it is a little out of the ordinary.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 11:00 AM

To insert an element of seriousness, studies have been done in the US that show very strongly that boys with "unusual" names have more social problems than the rest. The ones who can kick ass become athletes, a few become comedians, the rest have to suffer.

A hundred years ago it was unacceptable to taunt some one for their name. It normally reflected badly on the taunter. Today it seems mandatory.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Michael Hock
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 03:32 PM

Don't call me "Mike" under any circumstances - years of this has driven me to the edge. My folks can't have known, can they?


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Gherkin Boomthwistle
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 05:50 PM

Certainly not.
I have risen to become chief handsworter in the largest knoutswaddling
factory in the north.
G.Boomthwistle


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Just Amy
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 06:38 PM

Dr. Busch the dentist had a daughter named Rose and no one in my hometown in Illinois thinks that is weird.

My friend - last name Young - married a guy named Cox and they almost (true story) named their son Harry (Young Cox). A girlfriend's married last name is Chips and when she was pregnant we all suggested she call him Buffalo, Potato, or Chocolate.

My ob/gyn was Dr. Brilliant - just the kind of doctor you want to go to. My friend in college had the last name of Scheidecker (shit spreader).

My cousin in Worchester, England was named Bufford so I don't get why catspaw thinks that is weird.

Finally, my aunt and uncle were driving in the country (again Illinois) and my uncle asks my aunt to read the name on the mailbox. She said what sounded like "I don't know" but what she really said was "Otto Knoll."


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 07:53 PM

There was an extremely successful writer of children's books, named Wanda Gag. No question mark after it.

My first year in college, there was a very snooty easterner from a well to do family whose last name was Bates. I never did learn his first name. Out of deference, everyone called him Master.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: boab d
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 08:04 PM

My first name is Dylan and the Sh*t that i used to get at school was dildo. Now to a 9 year old child that's cool but when your friend comes to the door and asks your dad is Dildo coming out to play dad gets prety annoyed, telling me to stop using it(didnt know why). Now though even my dad calls me Boab strange as no-one else in civvy street does


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 10:01 PM

An impediment...I can see some names being that for sure. When I was in hospital having my oldest son, who is now 19, there was this woman there with the last name Lair.
She had a daughter, and called her...would you believe?...Chrystal Shanda.
I always remembered that and I bet that girl has had unusual battles with her name. Charlie Pride would've loved it perhaps but I am sure that is about all who would.

Glad my last name is Murphy


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 10:11 PM

We had a family in my home town, last name of Katz, who named their two kids Tom and Kitty. Ecccchhhhh!

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Mergetreud Dinglewhacker
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 11:10 PM

Silly names are no impediment. And who's to say what's silly?


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 09:22 AM

I went to school with a chap who had the last name Paine, his firsy name was Bowden. Also had twins in my class at one time..Evan and Ealinor..Evan and El....honest


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Baillie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:44 AM

...When I was at school the Teacher who taught the carpentry class was called Mr. Wood, and the Cookery teacher was called Miss Fry!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:56 AM

We only had one dentist in my town so, like it or not, we all had to go to Dr. E.C.Butcher...

sian


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:58 AM

There's a Doctor in Stamford, CT whose last name is Warmflash. I always wondered what he treated..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Genie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 12:40 PM

SeanM, His name is actually  Dick Butkus (as in "butt cuss"), but I'm sure he got called "butt kiss" a lot!

Chet, the Male ("molly") and Female ("famolly") names, as well as the Orangejello ("Orahnzhelo") and Lemonjello ("Luhmahnzhelo") names are, as I understand it, names that have been given new babies by immigrants with limited English, sometimes abetted by hospital staff.  Obstetrics staffers in Cook County Hospital in Chicago even used give new mothers "baby names" such as "Encopresis" when asked for suggestions.  (They probably suggested names like Ovary, Vulva, and Enuresis, too.)

On the other hand, my grandmother, when working as a nurse midwife, once talked a woman out of naming her daughter Urine ("Yoo-reen")!

When my brother's son was born they considered naming him Christopher, but I reminded them that he'd end up being called "Chris," so "Christopher Pratt" would end up being "Crisp Rat."

I went to school with Dick Cox and Anita Bath.   Later there was a guy named Allcock in a Women's Studies class I team taught.  (He dropped the course.)
 

Other amusingly named people from my past:
Lance Shields
Wanda Trott
Dr. Gumm, DDS, and his hygienist, Mrs. Chu
Dr. Paine
Kay Pasa
Ron Doctor, Ph.D. (i.e. "Doctor Doctor")
Linda Titsworth  ( a market research interviewee)
Robin Banks
Hung Far Low  (a Chinese restaurant here in town)
Davey Crockett (I used to babysit him)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Schantieman
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 12:54 PM

I teach a boy whose surname is Mountain - and another (in a another class, unfortunately) who's Mohammed. Two consecutive surnames is a class a couple of years ago were James and Last - but none of them had heard of him.

Oh yes, our rowing coach a few years ago was a Mark Nutter.

More when I remember them. I might even look through my old mark books!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Schantieman
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 12:56 PM

And then there was the fellow who drove his car into a ditch. The first on the scene were a Mr & Mrs Ball and a Mr & Mrs Smith. Fortunately he was pulled out by the Smiths.

S


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 10:45 AM

would the person "Mary" who posted the short blurb about Hugo P. Cook get in touch with me: lrtilley@alltel.net. I am doing research on the man to determine if he really took a pic of the wright bros. first flight or if he was a phoney. You must have known him to know that much about him. please respond
    I contacted this person by e-mail a couple of days ago.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 11:12 AM

Well, it's not that hard to get a legal name change. Thank God.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 11:32 AM

Guest, I am sorry to tell you that Mary (known to us as Giac, otherwise known as Mary Giacomini) whose post you are interested in, died not long ago, on November 11th, 2004.

(email sent)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Dipsodeb
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 12:02 PM

Silly name has definitely impeded me today. I done a google search for a Lorraine Ham who is a healer in Somerset.. I spent ages going through lists of recipes for quiche lorraine LOL Obviously the Ham and the Lorraine were enough to do it. I gave up in the end.

~Debs~


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 12:33 PM

Dont know about silly names , but A Stammer is an impediment .


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Jim Tailor
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 12:44 PM

another collector of odd names here.

A family friend had the given name "Rosie" which was fine until she married Mr Dick. Introducing someone named "Rosie Dick" before a church congregation of hundreds is dicey enough. Just try to hold back the laughter -- both yours and the congregation's. My brother-in-law (the preacher) compounded the problem. In spades. To the congregation he introduced "a long-time family friend, Rosie Peters".

other odd names in my collection:

Verle Bevilaqua
Overton Hookey
Pardon Elisha Tillinghast


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 01:08 PM

My step-daughter will be having her first child, which the ultrasound says is a boy, this spring. Her husband's name is Truette (pronounced True-it) and the kid will be a namesake. They have already decided that since actually calling the kid Truette would be confusing, they'll shorten it to "True". Do they not understand that this kid will go through his formative years being called "False" by thousands of little pea-brained snivelling shits, each of whom will think it's an original joke on his part? Well, I guess they'll just have to find out on their own.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Chip2447
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 01:56 PM

Car dealer here in town: Richard Head.
Nascar racing driver: Dick Trickle.
Patients at hospital where I used to work: Ivanna Mann, Anita Hooker, Mike Hunt (again).

and as a Chip, I've heard them all, Chip, Chimp, Chump, as well as the ones mentioned above.

Chip2447


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 03:08 PM

My brother had a house-boy in Zambia called Spider Tembo. Spider had a brother named Pi-R-Squared.

I exchanged email with a woman who works for the federal government of Canada: Moysten Cumming.

Thank goodness I don't have a silly name ....


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Mr Red
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 03:53 PM

Well my name is rarely a barrier - face to face. However the paranoic in me feels sure that when applying for jobs, my name labels me as foreign which before PC put me at a disadvantage and now we have positive discrimination I fail as soon as I go through the door. Too English for too many generations (we don't mention the Scots connection too loudly).

And if you have an unusual name there is no hiding place -

"It wasn't me - it was another Mr Red!" just doesn't wash. So you can turn it around and become somewhat extrovert.

The penny dropped one teenage day when someone was denegrating my name and out of the blue I asked "SO you're jealous then" - caught him by surprise and taght me a handy lesson.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Azizi
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 04:49 PM

Well I also know a Dr. Payne.

And I had a girl in my high school whose name was Merry Christmas and a boy whose name was Noel. I can't recall his last name but it wasn't Christmas.

There was also a girl in my school whose last name was "Funk". As you can imagine, she suffered because of that last name...

My daughter is a 2nd grade teacher. This year she has a boy in her class whose first name in "Mister". None of the children appear to think that there is any thing strange about this name. By the way, his nickname is "Man Man".

I also knew a woman whose last name was "Lee". She named her daughter "Love".

Though people tried to talk her out of it, my niece named her new born daughter "Beautiful". Hopefully she will be physically attractive. Even if she is, I'm afraid she will catch hell because of this name...

Oh well, she can do what I did.

I changed my name and it wasn't 'silly' at all-I just thought that "Deborah" was much too serious and not at all a good fit for the person I had become to be. I also felt that I had grown away from the nickname "Debbie" also.

Of course, as you can well imagine, when I visit back home my mother and the rest of my relatives still call me "Debbie"...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 05:12 PM

Children have a wickedly cunning ability to find ways to make fun of people's names...almost any name. Still, one has to wonder at parents who set a kid up with a name guaranteed to make his or her life at school miserable.

I think anyone burdened with a troublesome name should have the prerogative to change it, children included.

Thinking back...we had a kid at school named Rick Witter. He was called "Dimwitter" a lot. It figures. We had another kid named Francis Bassett. He was called "Francis Bastard" a lot, but NOT to his face, cos Francis was one mean customer. He looked like the young Steve McQueen and was inclined to punch people in the nose first and look for explanations later, if at all.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Jan 05 - 06:12 PM

many years ago on a TV game show..(Groucho Marx??) I saw an interview with a young woman whose name was Selador Tulip Poinsettia Crockett...she explained that she was a decendant of Davy Crockett, and her father had read that 'cellar' and 'door' were the two 'prettiest' words in English...so Selador...and his favorite flowers were...yep...

I can't find any reference to her now, but she did at least get on TV with the moniker.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Cool Beans
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 10:39 AM

There was a Royal Paine in Providence RI and he had the temerity to name his son Royal Paine Jr. I can attest to having seen their names in the Providence telephone book.
A teacher friend had an exchange student from the Philippines named Jose Cobangbang. To this day, I sing "Makin' Whoopee" substituting "Jose Cobangbang" for all the words. When you get to the bridge, sing "Jose, Jose Cobangbang. Jose Co-bang-bang-bang." Guaranteed to brighten your day.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 06:38 PM

Not for me...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 07:12 PM

I went to school with a guy called Richard Head and we called him "Dick" as is the English way! I wonder how he copes with it now at 56 yrs old as it was not an impediment then....in 1959-64. Dick-Head now is a bit sort of risque. Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jan 05 - 09:53 PM

I know a couple who havs just had their first baby and decided to lable the waif Harrison Carey the poor mite is already being called Hari Cari


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: dianavan
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 02:31 AM

I know of a child named Suitcase. Don't know the last name but you gotta wonder if the parents have any parenting ability what-so-ever.

On the other hand, if the last name is Brown or Jones and he grows up playing the harp or something, it might be alright.

BUT HE'S JUST A BABY!!!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 04:44 AM

I think we should all be pleased that "Brooklyn" Beckham.....conceived in Brooklyn..was not conceived in:-
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantisiliogogogoch!
Best wishes.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 01:36 AM

My mother's maiden name was Mavis Davis, she was born in the mid 1920s when Mavis was a popular girl's name. I don't know what her parents were thinking of at the time.

There is also supposed to be a local family with the surname of Dick, who have a daughter named Ophelia. But that could be an urban legend.

Cheers
JennieG.......who, thank goodness, has a respectable name!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Teresa
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 03:49 AM

I knew a couple twenty years ago whose surname was Kase. They hadn't had kids yet, but they joked that they'd better not name their son Justin.

There was a librarian at my high school whose surname was Hollowpeter, an anglicized Dutch name, I believe. She even joked about it, though I know the ribbing got old after awhile.

teresa


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,mistershimmen
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 10:39 AM

There is a Principal in a school on the isle of man called.....

Mr Shaw Twilley

Click here if you don't believe me.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,mistershimmen
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 10:48 AM

There is a Principal in a school on the isle of man called.....

Mr Shaw Twilley

clicketh here if ye dont believe me


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,mini mouse
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 06:16 PM

At skool my mate was Gary Boldy (a type of buiscuit)!! and his sister Anna married a chap called Dinn becoming Anna Dinn (a type of pain killer).I worked with a Mary Land, and dated a Mike Horn. These silly names are all around us.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: ranger1
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:09 PM

My last name is Bill. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone asks me if my dad is Mr. Bill. and they all think the're the first person to come up with it. Before I was born, my parents joked that if I was a boy they were going to name me either Buffalo or Dollar. When I was in high school, I was being heavily recruited by an all-male military college that had my first and last names switched. and so it goes...

I went to school with a girl named Cricket Kimball, a boy named Michael Hunt, siblings named Thor, Leif and Sunshine Erickson and I used to work with a kid whose first and middle names were Justin Thyme. There was a dentist in the town where my high school was named Dr. Toothaker and we used to have a vet named Dr. Ketchum.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:26 PM

I worked with a Richard Head, and a James Riddle (Jimmy riddle being cockney rhyming slang for a piddle (piss)).

There was a story going around about the film star Diana Dors. Before she was famous enough to need a change of name for the sake of a lasting career, she used her real name, Diana Fluck. According to this story, she was to be introduced at a function by a man who was so nervous about her name, that he had rehearsed for the best part of eight hours. Stepping up to the mike he said, with great confidence, I would now like to introduce our guest of honour, please give a warm welcome to Miss Diana Clunt.

Can't vouch for it, but if it ain't true, it oughter be.

DT


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:31 PM

In Juneau Alaska there is a prisons' official with the last name of Buttcane.

Neighbors of my family when I was a kid with the name of Fruck went to court and had it changed to Foster.

I have a musician friend with the name of Peter Zug. I have never dared ask him if he knows German.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Joybell
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:34 PM

At Harvard the residences (called houses) are named after past presidents of that university. As: Dunster House, Adams House etc. There is no residence named after poor old President Hoare.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Chris Green
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 08:02 PM

I went to school with a boy called Michael Wankling. I assume he's changed it by deed poll since then!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 12:58 PM

My name is Mary Allen if I had $1 for each time Ive been asked "Are you shy Hairy Mellon?" Id be a millionair.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Slag
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 03:49 AM

I knew a fellow in the Air Force by the last name of Clapsaddle and another of German extraction, last name Ditterlizzi. I went to highschool with a Dusty Rhodes and another young lady, Sandy Poole. In JC I met Sandy Beech. Ronald Glappenski was just known as "Glapp". Of the football player variety I always liked Balldinger! Villapiano was interesting but rather mundane when you translate it: Littleton (or "Little Village").

Names can make you or break you. Johnny Cash (and Carry?) demostrated this with the song "A Boy Named Sue"!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: *Laura*
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:30 AM

There was a teacher at a school near where I live called Gail Gale - it was her married name though so she could have not used it! And she continued to use it after her divorce.

A teacher of mine (first name Pebbles) names her son Bede. When I told my friend her response was "What!? but the kid's got to go to school!!!"
It could be worse than Bede but you'd have thought growing up being called Pebbles was enough to get you to name your kid John.

Also have had an orthodontic surgeon called Doctor Skinner, and also Miss Attack.
Very reassurring!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:22 PM

I've told this here at Mudcat AT LEAST once before, but it's too good to pass up.

When I was in the Army, oh, those many moons ago, there was a sergeant surnamed Faddiss. And you just KNOW what he was called (although not to his face).

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:27 PM

Oh, and another one.

Someone above mentioned knowing a Donald Duck.

I'll see yer "Donald Duck" and raise you a "Donald Duck III!" He was (and is) a successful lawyer here in Indianapolis. And just to prove that some families are extremely slow on the uptake, my son Ted went to nursery school with Donald Duck III's son, and guess what HIS name is! Yep, that's right. It fair t' boggles the mind!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Don Firth
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 09:03 PM

I always thought that the parents of Clarence Clapsaddle didn't do their kid any favors. They made what was already a bad start much worse.

I once took about a year's worth of lessons from a very fine classical guitarist named Edward (Bud) Hern. His wife's given name was Fern. Lovely woman.

My wife knew a couple of brand new proud parents who were about to name their baby girl Claire Annette. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Gweltas1
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 01:46 AM

I used to know an Annette Curtain.
There used to be a Doctor Kneebone in the local medical practise in Liskeard, Cornwall.
In the same town there was a Dental Practise called Smelley Boiles and Price
In Leamington Spa,UK, there is a Firm of Solicitors called Wright Hassall & Co. and a similar firm in Ireland called Hassall and Argue !!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 12:39 PM

A friend of mine was at college with a girl called Chris Lear, who rocketed to local fame when her name was called out at her graduation ceremony: Chrystal Shanda Lear. Really.

I knew a girl who hated her surname, Hawes. She married a Mr Balls.

UK Immigration Officers used to be vigilant in case a certain Pakistani illegal immigrant tried to re-enter the country. Whilst waiting in a Belgian port to cross to the UK, he made the mistake of asking a Scottish sailor in a bar to suggest a name which would pass unnoticed at passport control. He was given 'Willie McWaterpipe'. It didn't work.

My son is less than grateful that he was named Matt White. (Damn, I've let it slip that Rusty Dobro isn't my real name!)


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Chief Chaos
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 06:30 PM

My son and daughter both took lessons from a Mrs. Tittscowski which is in itself bad enough but the other kids turned it around to be Cowtittski (although they all say they really like her).

I can't remember the first name of the man but his last name was Hunter. He insisted that he be called by his nickname "Bud". Considering that he was in an agency that was involved in the war on drugs he might have thought it funny to be known as Bud Hunter. Unfortunately everyone used to mispronounce the "d" as a "t" making him Butt Hunter.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Don Firth
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 07:37 PM

One of the factors that first got me actively interested in folk music in the early 1950s was that I was keeping steady company with a lovely young woman whose grandmother had given her a fine old parlor guitar which she no longer played, and she set about avidly teaching herself how to play it while learning folk songs and ballads from John and Sylvia Kolb's A New Treasury of Folk Songs and John and Alan Lomax's Best Loved American Folk Songs. Her name was Claire Hess.

She thought her name was not particularly euphonious. "Claire Hess!" she would say. "Plunk Plunk! I'm going to be sure to marry a man with a last name that's two syllables at least!"

I found this a bit disturbing because it occurred to me that "Claire Firth" would not be that great an improvement. Some time later, we parted company. Amicably, fortunately. Our lives simply took us in different directions.

Some time later, I heard that she had married a man named Jerry Huff.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: frogprince
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 12:17 PM

From Yahoo news:

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it.
Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed.
Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that her name could be changed, he said in a ruling


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Acorn4
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 03:46 PM

Don't think anyone's mentioned this on the thread as yet but when Elvis Presley started out didn't a music critic say "He'll never get anywhere with a name like that!"

I've met in my time:-

Cherry Orchard
Penny Farthing
Luke Lively

However, I think Teresa Jolly-Goodfellow is made up.

There was a chap in my class at school called Roger Balls (like Ed Balls -education secretary) - at our school the register was always called using surnames and the comical thing was seeing how the teachers (all of whom were Oxbridge educated) tried to get round it)

There were two horses running in a race once - one was called "Slippery Dick", the other "Fanny's Delight" -the Peter O' Sullevan commentary was quite memorable as I remember.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 04:05 PM

Acorn4, I suspect that your memories of Slippery Dick and Fanny's Delight are being mistily merged with memories of urban myths of long ago.

I have followed British horseracing since 1965, my memory for horses' names is pretty good, but I have no recollection of either a Slippery Dick or a Fanny's Delight racing either on the flat or over jumps.

The singer whom I accompany from time to time did however have a classmate called Iona Dyson.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: akenaton
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 04:44 PM

Hi Murray...so you're a student o' the turf then!

I've trained greyhounds to race at most of the tracks in Scotland; and one of my best dogs laboured under the name of "Rank Bajin"


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 06:35 PM

Plizz 'splain" one of my best dogs laboured under the name of "Rank Bajin" for a poor iggerant American!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Acorn4
Date: 24 Jul 08 - 08:09 PM

Murray,

The horses were definitely in that race - it would have been in the early 80's - not sure how far records go back.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Ross Campbell
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 06:20 PM

DaveO -
Rank Bajin was one of Scottish cartoonist Bud Neill's main characters, See Wikipedia article
here
The name derives from a descriptive phrase "rank bad yin" that might be applied to one of Glasgow's nastier elements

rank:- awful, terrible, sometimes used as an emphatic, ie "very"
bad:- bad
yin:- one

I would guess that anyone giving a greyhound a name like that would not be having great expectations - or perhaps that was a ploy to throw the betting fraternity off the scent?

Ross


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 06:33 PM

And back to the thread - my English teacher at Balfron High School was

Emerson Wilberforce Eglington.

I guess he was born around 1910, so may not have had to deal with the ribbing that such a name might bring today. It certainly didn't seem to have caused him any problems.
A tall, gangly man, he was a very kind gentleman and a great teacher. His name seemed perfectly suited for an academic who had risen to Head of English and Deputy Head of the school. Sadly, none of the teachers of his generation survived long in retirement and I never got the chance to thank them for all they did for me.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 08:55 PM

Wilberforce was actually responsible for getting hundreds of Jewish children to safety before Hitler's army could transport them to concentration camps.

Tipper Gore always made me think that it must have been one hell of a bodrhan party.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 08:57 PM

bodhran


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 03:18 PM

A pair of students at Massachusetts School of Art named Shackett(F) and Plunkett(M) were an item at school and ultimately wed.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,I am Luke Lively
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 09:59 PM

It hasn't been a problem. Sticks in people's memory. write me @ luke.lively@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 10:31 PM

They never get to be President, or Prime Minister or King, do they?

Its like that Monty Python sketch about Mr Smokestoomuch.


You're bound to notice it.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Oct 08 - 10:39 PM

They never get to be President...do they?

How about having Hussein as a middle name in the USA? We'll see.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 11:18 AM

I knew a Peter Holder and an Anita Dick and her daughter, Amanda.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,captain steamboat
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 12:45 PM

Once met a German called Herr Willigsecker. Close to being very funny indeed.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Alice
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 01:30 PM

It is cruel to give a child a weird name.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 02:05 PM

Yes.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Major F. Ing Loozer
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 10:13 PM

You have to ask?


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 02:48 PM

If you have a silly name, just change it, for heaven's sake.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 03:53 PM

I once had a pupil called Dwayne Pipe. His mum was a teacher and should have known better. I also had, both in the same class, Paul Small and Mark Clark. And (this is perfectly true) an Ophelia Balls. The oddest name was a little lad called Starshone. His proud (hippy) Dad explained that when he was born, he lifted him to the hospital window and the first thing he saw was a star in the sky. I privately thought it was a jolly good thing he didn't see a pooch doing a poo, or he'd have been called Dogshit!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 12:42 AM

A young woman I know has named her daughter Taome [pronounced to rhyme with Naomi], an acronym for The Apple Of My Eye. Just thought it appropriate to mention here, tho I am far from thinking it a silly name: in fact I think it quite charming.

When I was born, 1932, my Uncle David told my parents they couldn't call me Michael Myer*, as 'everyone will call him Mickey Mouse'. But nobody did.

~Michael~

*The Grosvenor came later.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 06:28 AM

In the rugby world, we've had Austin Healey (England, also a sports car) and Remy Martin (France, also a brandy).


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 06:44 AM

I thought of changing mine from Thimbles O'Hooligan to Theophilus P. Wildebeest but Lenny Henry beat me to it, so I settled for Tone-Deaf Lime Clinton.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 07:28 AM

Deed poll is a wonderful thing, unless of course someone decides to rename himself/herself after all the players in a football team or favourite singers. Imagine the priest or vicar having reel all that off at a funeral and still try keep a straight face.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: framus
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 10:37 PM

I used to work in an Unemployment Benefit Office in Belfast and had, true I swear, 3 single females ;- Myrtle Turtle, Tamara Knight and Rhoda Dick.
Also had a big, nice, black guy called Moses Jammah, who turned in the queue and surprised a daydreaming elderly lady.
"Holy Jesus" - "D'you not think Moses is bad enough?"


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 01:55 AM

I once taught in a school where there was a pupil called Raper [not that uncommon a name, tho I am quite pleased not to have it ~ likewise Smellie!].   

A colleague said that if her name was Raper, she would soon change it.

Her name was Mrs Alcock.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 01:57 AM

And a lot of people are called Hoare, but nobody seems to want to make anything of it.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 03:56 AM

I knew someone who was proud of the facr that his mother was a Hoare (and he did realise the implications).


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 05:36 AM

When I worked in an institution that, among other courses,trained teachers, we had a student surnamed Virgin. Before she went on her first teaching practice she changed it to Vernon.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Paul Slade
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 03:55 AM

When it comes to performer's names, I always think the champ is Tiny LaVonda. She was a sideshow dwarf of the 1940s whose story will break your heart: http://www.phreeque.com/tiny_lavonda.html .

I always wonder if Jah Wobble would be more respected if he released his many excellent dub/world albums under his real name of John Wardle.

It was a drunken Sid Vicious who garbled Wardle's moniker into Jah Wobble, and the new name served him very well in his early days simply because it was so memorable. Dropping it now would simply confuse everyone, but I suspect many people still dismiss Wobble's records as a joke simply because of the name he releases them under.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Musket
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 07:33 AM

A customer in Scotland back in the '80s had a works manager called Douglas Dick. After giggling over word play whilst walking over the car park, I got to their reception and without thinking, asked to see Dickless Doug....

Similarly, a customer's stores manager in Southampton was called Richard Head, but if you ever wished them to stock your products, you didn't. Ever....


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Johnny J.
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 11:18 AM

I believe Zowie Bowie has changed his name to Duncan Jones.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Bill D
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 11:40 AM

from this page http://libraries.wichita.edu/ablah/index.php/archives/231

" With the able assistance of the Dean of the College, William H. Isely; the Dean of the Academy, Clifford P. Clark; Deans Hoare, Kingsbury and Titt;"

Dean Arthur J. Hoare was retired when I started at the school. I do wonder what kids of those early days made of Deans Hoare & Titt.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 12:51 PM

Opposite the gate of Christ's College Cambridge in the 50s was a brass plate of a firm [forget of what] called "Jackson Cox - formerly Hymans & Cox". "No wonder they changed it" was was a running joke among the student body.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 03:42 PM

My mother had a classmate - Oliva Sutton.

I had a classmate - her immigrant parents were wise in changing the spelling of the family name to "Fewkes" from "Fuchs".

"Margarint" may be a common male name in Romania, but his parents learned quickly to get the 9-year old and his teachers (and me) to use his middle name instead.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 05:02 PM

Fuchs is actually just the German word for fox ~~ which, with cap, is a not uncommon name here also.

We used to sing a German song at school: "Fuchs du hast die Gans gestollen, Gib sie lieber her; Sonst wird dich der Leber hollen Mit sein Schiessgewehr" (Fox, you have stolen the goose. Bring her back at once, Or else the hunter will shoot you with his shotgun). Had a nice lilting tune, I remember.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 06:15 PM

We were delighted to learn (at age 11) that the German word for father is Vater (pronounced of course farter). I had several pupils with unfortunate names: Dwayne Pipe (whose mother was a teacher and should have known better!) Mhairi Grubb, Ophelia Balls, Paul Small and Mark Clark (both in the same class) Annette Curtain, Mary Christmas, Starshone Bennett (parents were hippies, mother was called Squirrel Bennett!) Denise Bastard (no attempt to change it to B'stard) and Graham Death (no insertion of apostrophe) The latter meant I had to interview Mr and Mrs Death on parent evenings. Rather sinister. None of these seemed to be much teased, as their names were quickly accepted. Dwayne Pipe was always called Gutter by his mates. He didn't care a pin.


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 06:24 PM

I am now covered with shame as I see I already posted almost the same facts on this thread a while back. Oh Lord, it's obvious senility has set in. What's my name again?....Where did I leave my glasses?...


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 23 Apr 13 - 07:46 PM

My dad used to tell the story about the time that a self-impressed school board administrator visited the high school and asked the janitor "where's the principal?"

He was sure that the janitor said "Go to Hell 'n Hunt 'er.

The story claims it took most of the day to drag the little $#%@$ administrator down the hall and show him that the sign on the office door said:

Principal
Helen Hunter

John


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: GUEST,Dáithí
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 08:25 AM

The spokesperson for East Riding Council in Yorkshire - who often appears on local TV news bulletins explaining how, where and when they will be gritting icy roads - is called John Skidmore.
How perfect!


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: HuwG
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 01:23 PM

A story I once heard (in the Army, although that's by the way) was of someone who was introducing a talk by the noted explorer Sir Vivian Fuchs in Bradford Town Hall, in deepest West Yorkshire.

Just in time, the man remembered to avoid any rude-sounding words, and introduced the guest as Sir Vivian "Fooks".

There was a sharp intake of breath from the audience, and as Sir Vivian got to his feet and began speaking, the Lord Mayor of Bradford leaned over to the young man and said "I hope tha' realises that what tha' said were a mooky word!"


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Subject: RE: Are silly names an impediment?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Apr 13 - 01:56 PM

To what? -Mrrzy (ha ha ha)


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