Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Don't Name Your Kid That!

I'm very happy for the folks in Egypt that their revolution was successful in getting their dictator to step down. Congratulations! Go out and celebrate, Egyptians! But don't get all carried away and start naming your newborn children wacky names after social networking sites may have played a pivotal role in all of the revolutionizing, OK? Dude that named his daughter Facebook, I'm talking to you.


That's right. According to the Daily Mail, some Egyptian man named his new daughter Facebook. Her full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim. Yeah, that's pretty. Um, but seriously now. Facebook? That's not a name! That's a thing! And even if it was going to be a person's name (and it is not), it certainly wouldn't be a little girl's name. That's an asinine boy's name if I've ever heard of one.


But apparently the thinking of the little girl's father was not along the same lines as my own thinking. Shocking, I know. See, "He is said to have called her Facebook because he was so happy with the role played by the site in organising protests in Tahrir Square and other cities throughout Egypt." OK, then. Couldn't he have commemorated the events by naming her Tahrir? That's kind of a cool name, actually. I wouldn't mind being named Tahrir and then being able to tell people about why I was named that. I would absolutely mind being named Facebook and then having everyone look at me funny when they first heard my name. Hey, wait a minute! Why is the father the only one who I am hearing about being the one to name her? Wasn't there a woman attached to the uterus that this child popped out of? Doesn't she have a say in any of this? What's that? Oh. Right. They're not quite like that. Dictator or not. Bummer. Sorry, little Facebook.


But I guess it could have been worse. She could have ended up being Facebook Twitter Yahoo! News Ibrahim.

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2 comments:

Heather Hadden said...

How irresponsible to name his daughter this way. I think there are better ways to express his gratitude to Facebook. The girl will probably be poked by her friends for the rest of her life. I thought attention seeking celebrities were the worst for picking ridiculous names for their kids. Obviously I was wrong.

Mare said...

Hey, Heather.

I cannot believe that I totally missed the opportunity to include the "poking" aspect into my little screed! I am ashamed. It was so obvious! And you're totally right. She's destined for a life of poking and crude poking jokes. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

And thanks for reading!

~ Mare