Monday, July 28, 2008

Sentence Fragments Are Not Names

Haven't been.... I am starting to resemble a broken record when I say "Haven't been around for a while," so I decided to scratch that intro. I will just cut to the article I am wrote:

"Fish and Chips" and "Number 16 Bus Shelter," what would you call these? sentence fragments? Things? Objects? If you guessed any of those answers you would be dead wrong, because they are names for children chosen by parents! I'll let that sink in... ... ... Yes, that's right, the names of children.

In a recent Yahoo news story, the use of absurd and ridiculous names for children has angered a New Zealand judge to take action. Judge Rob Murfitt, of family court in New Zealand, renamed a young girl who had been given the name Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii (No word of a lie, that was her real name). She has been renamed, but the court is keeping her new name confidential to protect her privacy.

The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this name. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.

Personally, I do not understand what could be going through the minds of the parents who agreed to name their child this-I-won't-even-repeat-it-because-it's-so-ridiculous name. Some people just do not seem to have the sense to raise children. I believe that these two parents fall into this category. I cannot understand how they would think that this name would be a suitable name to give to someone. Were they high on drugs? People like this do not deserve to have children.

No parent in their right mind would cause greater burden to be placed on their own children by giving bullies and such an easy target. On the other hand, I also would like to know if Talula, and the other children, had their names registered on birth certificates. If they did, I think it should be illegal to name someone in such a way. I am all for open expression, but in the case of a child's name, since they have no say about what they are called, the parents should show some restraint in 'expression.'

Some of the names in the Yahoo story and just plain pitiful. 'Sex Fruit,' is an actual name given to a child. If a parent could not comprehend that this name would provide a hard life for their child, then they do not deserve to have a child. If they debated between "David, Peter, and all the other names in the English language" and thought Sex Fruit was the most fitting, then they should have a psychiatric evaluation. Even Gweneth Paltrow's daughter's name, Apple, is a more fitting name than 'Sex Fruit!'

If people are looking for fame and fortune, or looking to get on the Jerry Springer show, at the expense of their child, they really need to re-evaluate their priorities. If they actually thought, at the time, that the name 'Talula does the hula in Hawaii' or 'Fish and Chips,' were proper names then they need a straight jacket. There are too many people out there that find ways to belittle people that have absolutely nothing wrong with them. By giving them a clear target such as a 'unusual' name, the child's life would most likely result in ridicule. In the case of Talula, her lawyer stated:

The girl had been so embarrassed at the name that she had never told her closest
friends what it was. She told people to call her "K" instead