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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Urban legend or just WRONG? You decide!

A new entry for the "what NOT to name your child" file.

Heard on the WKRR Rock92 (Greensboro) morning show yesterday. The subject of names somehow came up and a caller related the following story (paraphrased):
"I used to know a maternity nurse who always used to tell us about the strange names people give their children, and this one was the worst ever. A 14 year old first time Mom had chosen a beautiful-sounding name for her new son. It was pronounced Sha-THEED. She said it was african or arabic in origin"
Ok so far, right? I mean "sha-THEED" isn't terrible next to JaQuan or Lakwenda or Jadyn or McKorrigan.

He continued:
"Then it came time to put the baby's name on the birth certificate, and she told the nurse how she had chosen to spell her son's name for the first time."
Can you guess? Shath'yyd? Sh'Thydd? Shothiid? Chythyd? Ch'Theedd?


"She wanted to spell it S - H - I - T - H - E - A - D"

ROFL!! We were in suspense for 2 hours waiting for someone to call in and say that this was fake and that they had heard it before, but no one did. This is a pretty popular show, and usually if someone tries to pull a fast one, someone else will call in and rat them out.


Reminded us of our favorite Nick Cage oeuvre of ALL time: In a 1992 Saturday Night Live episode, Nicolas Cage played an expectant father who rejects MANY potential baby names because the child might be easily taunted on the playground. A singing telegram girl reveals why Cage is so uptight when she lisps, "Congratulations, A**wipe and Emily!" Yells Cage, "It's 'Ahs-we-pay.'"


At Wednesday, December 22, 2004 1:19:00 PM, Blogger Xrlq said...

It's an old joke, which comes in many flavors. My favorite version is the couple who named their daughter vuh-JEAN-uh. Take a wild guess how that one was spelled.

Then again, some ULs are true. Snopes lists "Latrina" as an apocryphal name that supposedly never existed, but I know for a fact that it does, having graded papers by a person of that name in college (hint: NOT CalTech).

At Wednesday, December 22, 2004 7:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister-in-law, a teacher in Palmdale, had Shitead in her class this year. She maintains that the parents refused to consider calling the child by a middle name or initials. I forget what she told me the school district ended up doing, but they were not happy.

At Monday, December 27, 2004 7:19:00 PM, Blogger David said...

My sister is a nurse, and has many "name" stories like this. For example, there were the twins named Lemongelo and Orangelo.

I think snarky interns are responsible for suggesting some of these names to the parents.



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