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What’s in a name

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For all you friends of mine who have gotten engaged/married, are getting engaged/married or plan on doing so in the near/distant future – this one is for you.
There is one thing which sits at the top of your minds, I’m sure. It’s ok, it’s pretty natural and I want you to consider it to be your obligation to yourself.
But once you get that one thing out of the way (and get it out quite a few times), another thing will come to the top of your mind. And the natural thing which will come with the just-mentioned thing is the most important and selfless task you can ever do for another individual, something which will haunt him/her forever and will be his/her identity:

You will have to name your baby.

Do not- and I stress, do NOT – take this matter lightly. I know, the temptation to have a unique name for your child will be overwhelming. You will be driven to find something which will confirm what you have always known: your child is a superstar, a megastar destined for greatness. I’m sure that is quite true. But please, oh please, remember that too much of thought can lead to the most arbit names you could ever imagine –
Bronx Mowgli Wentz

Pilot Inspektor Lee

Sage Moonblood, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily

Zahara Marley, Maddox Chivan Thornton, Shiloh Nouvel, Pax Thien

Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Little Pixie

and the clincher –
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa

No. Oh god please no. There is absolutely no justification to play such a cruel joke on someone who’s just come into this world – it’s worse than the initiation schedules some frat-houses have.

This also applies to all those people who plan on having babies without the formality of marriages – you have no excuse either.

(Inspiration via Best Week Ever.tv)

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Written by sujaybedekar

January 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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What’s in a name?

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Many people find football boring. Watching eleven (twenty-two, in fact) people tussling for the same ball for over 90 minutes seems like a waste of time and energy. Especially when you have no idea about the players, the teams, the tournament or the ball who seems to be getting too much of the attention.

For all these kind of people, I present a new reason – watch it to to become a more aware global citizen. Watching football can greatly help you increase your general knowledge about countries, the people, their styles and most importantly – their names.

Take someone by the name Zurab Khizanishvili. Once you get past the lols and wtfs, you might wonder why people have their names so ridiculous. Now football will might not answer that, but you will nevertheless come to know that such names are often associated with people hailing from the tiny country of Georgia. You will no longer be stumped if, for example, a person were to walk up to you tomorrow and say – “My name is Levan. Levan Kobiashvili. Guess where I am from?”

Or take the name Kahveci Nihat. The name is nice because the syllables can be rearranged quite freely to get names which seem equally (un)likely – Nihaveci Kavat, Nahveci Kihat, Kahneci Vihat, Kaniveci Hihat etc. In fact, just writing this confused me enough to go and confirm on wiki. This happens with other Turkish names too (Tuncay Sanli)

Further examples of names and helpful pointers –

-ov : invariably Bulgarian (Stoichkov, Petrov, Berbatov)

-ov (-off) or -ev + look extremely menacing: invariably Russian (Kerzhakov, Ivanov, Andreev, Akinfeev, Bilyaletdinov)

-ic + look like they’ve just returned from a fight in which they got bashed up more: Serbian (Vidic, Zigic, Ilic)

-is(-os) + long names with too many alphabets repeated and yet sound somewhat similar: invariably Greek (Nikopolidis, Papadopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Christodoulopoulos)

Words with a lot of j’s and i’s thrown in to earn more scrabble points: Dutch (Sneijder, Nistelrooij, Ooijer, Mathijsen). They still earn much less than …

Names with rarely used consonants like w and z all arranged to resemble the charts you’re made to read during an eye check-up: invariably Polish (Wawrzyniak, Kuszczak, Przyrowski, Błaszczykowski, Janczyk).

Names which sound like something you would eat: invariably L’Italie (Chielline, Pastroani, Barzagli, Natali)

Players who do not look/sound like they belong to the country they’re playing from – invariably French (Anelka, Makalele, Zidane, Samir Nasri)

Written by sujaybedekar

June 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm

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