So we were in the grocery store tonight, and I was looking for something or another, and came across a young child (I *think* it was a girl, it had long hair in two braids, so we’ll call her a she, but I could be wrong, no offense meant) and her mother. The little girl was cute, and the mother was very nice, nothing trashy or whatever about her, she just seemed like a normal lady. Buuuuuuuuuut, the girls name was, as near as I can tell “Teh-fah-see-yay”, that’s how she was saying it at least and she said it several times.
As we were walking out and I was telling Jen she said “courvoisier?” and I was like “No it was Te-…..shit!” I REALLY hope it wasn’t “courvoisier”and I wasn’t mishearing. Because Tehfaseeyay (or whatever) > courvoisier. It really is. Seemed like a nice kid, but what a name. I have to wonder what kind of effect that name will have on her life. Will she be treated in such a way, based on presumptions about her social class due to her name that she will be adversely effected?
Should we name our children based on the effect we think that name could have on them? Should someone use a name if they know could negatively impact the child’s chances? (Not render anything impossible, just less likely). You got me, worth thinking about though. Personally, I wouldn’t do it. I mean, we’re giving our nonstandard names, but we’re not just making shit up up, or calling him Satan or Adolf or Mucketywacket or something.
Oh, and just in case you wanted to vomit in your mouth (or any other available sinkhole), check this out (story courtesy of Pat). What the holy fuck is wrong with Germans? Did I already mention my theory about the national psyche of the Germans and the Japanese being somehow damaged by WWII and the fallout? Well, I haven’t really formulated it yet anyway, but it’s there, waiting to be birthed.