The name game

> Ec­cen­tric par­ents like to call their kids some weird-sound­ing monikers, leav­ing many of them trau­ma­tised for life

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Ge­orge: “It wasn’t me, it was Ge­orge.”

Ge­orge: “Did some­one call me?” etc.

That in turn re­minded me that the planet Uranus was orig­i­nally called Ge­orge.

The guy who dis­cov­ered it named it Ge­orgium Sid­ius which is Latin for “Ge­orge the Star”. (I am not mak­ing this up.)

I wish they’d kept the name, which is eas­ier to grasp than the usual names for things in space, such as Corona Bo­re­alis Ep­silon Tau Seti Ma­joris Twin­kle IV, etc.

But go­ing back to mas­sive egos, did you know that all three of Michael Jack­son’s chil­dren are called Michael, in­clud­ing the girl?

It sounds like a made-up story, and there is a won­der­ful piece of lit­er­a­ture with the same plot: Too Many Daves by Dr Seuss.

Worse than giv­ing all your chil­dren the same name is giv­ing your child the same name twice.

In a col­umn I men­tioned a real per­son named Ho Ho, com­ment­ing that she had one of the hap­pi­est real names ever.

Reader An­gela Sias re­sponded: “Not if she is a girl.”

I know there’s a fa­mous politi­cian in Afghanistan called Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah.

But I have to won­der at the con­fu­sion that would en­sue if his mid­dle name was also Ab­dul­lah.

Years ago, I met a guy in Hong Kong named So So-so.

I was tempted to ask him how he was feel­ing, purely so that I could have the fol­low­ing con­ver­sa­tion.

Me: “How are you feel­ing to­day, So So-so?”

So So-So: “So-so.”

Nury Vit­tachi is an Asia-based fre­quent trav­eller. Send ideas and com­ments to life­style.nury@ the­sundaily.com.

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