Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Personal Glimpses: A Conversation with My Wife Regarding Baby Names

[14:34] HOC: hey, baby name Mayuri
[14:34] HOC: shortened to May
[14:34] muk: lord no
[14:35] HOC: means "peahen"
[14:35] HOC: why not
[14:35] HOC: ?
[14:35] muk: i would rather have just "peahen"
[14:35] HOC: why? just explain why you don't like it so i have an idea
[14:35] HOC: i LOVE it
[14:36] muk: it's just not good
[14:36] muk: don't like the look/sound of it
[14:36] HOC: the indian name or the nickname?
[14:36] muk: both
[14:37] muk: it's light years beyond horrible.
[14:37] HOC: right and i love both
[14:37] HOC: i can't figure out what you dislike
[14:38] HOC: nickname too old fashioned?
[14:38] muk: yeah
[14:38] HOC: Mala?
[14:39] muk: the latin root "bad" is too obvious
[14:39] HOC: o please
[14:39] muk: beyond obvious. .mala is the female adjective form of "bad" in both spanish and italian.
[14:41] HOC: ok, you only shoot down names, give me a suggestion
[14:42] muk: later
[14:42] HOC: names i like: mali, mayuri, amala, asha, tess, fiona
[14:43] muk: tess, fiona.. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
[14:43] muk: that's a good one.
[14:43] HOC: you can laugh all you want but you are not even creative enough to have your own suggestions
[14:43] HOC: you are like [redacted], shooting down everything but not coming up with your own ideas
[14:44] muk: best name ever.
[14:44] HOC: well she will be tess unless you come up with an idea
[14:45] muk: i'm almost willing to go with tess b/c it's more or less a joke name.
[14:45] HOC: deal
[14:48] muk: I can't wait to explain to people, "hillary and i debated long and hard, but just couldn't decide between an early victorian or late victorian name for our daughter."
[14:48] HOC: you are an idiot
[14:48] HOC: tess isn't victorian
[14:48] muk: anything from a thomas hardy book is pretty much victorian
[14:49] HOC: as if you know ANYTHING about Victiorian literature
[14:49] muk:

"What's her name?"
"Oh, like, from that book."
"Umm, yeah. Look dude it wasn't my idea."

[14:50] HOC: no one has ever read that book
[14:50] HOC: it is obscure
[14:50] HOC: it is not even one of hardy's best loved
[14:50] HOC: i bet out of ten of us here in the english department 2 of us have read it
[14:51] HOC: you don't know what you are talking about
[14:51] HOC: i have met three little girls in our neighborhood named tess
[14:51] muk: doesn't matter who read it
[14:51] muk: it's like naming your kid othello.
[14:51] muk: no one read that either.
[14:51] muk: but everyone knows it.
[14:51] HOC: are you KIDDING ME??
[14:51] HOC: you cannot compare othello to tess
[14:52] HOC: first of all, everyone read or knows the story of othello
[14:52] muk: or mercutio.
[14:52] HOC: second of all no one names their kid othello and third it has no context outside of the play
[14:53] HOC: tess on the other hand is not well known, a common nickname for theresa and popular outside of the novel
[14:53] HOC: and NO ONE knows the story
[14:53] muk: it's popular among literary/yuppie types that try way too hard.
[14:53] HOC: if you knew the story you would have a much different opinion
[14:53] HOC: read it, then you will have a leg to stand on
[14:53] muk: i would rather name my daughter "thomas hardy"
[14:53] HOC: you are ignorant on this
[14:54] muk: you mean "ignint"
[14:54] HOC: yeah you are ignint too
[14:54] HOC: and just plain stupid
[14:55] muk: btw, thomas hardy wrote tess of the d'urbervilles to stir up the victorian middle class, so save it.
[14:55] muk: you know who told me?
[14:56] muk: WIKI-FUCKING-PEDIA!!
[14:56] muk: so stuff your fancy english degree.
[14:56] HOC: right
[14:56] HOC: you are real smart
[14:56] muk: game-set-match.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Grape Mouth said...

You neglected to enter the time stamp of the exact moment you began searching Wikipedia DURING this conversation...

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Grape Mouth said...

Replace "game-set-match" with "a win for the [victorian] ages".

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Cupcake said...

You're having another baby? That's super.

Please tell the Mrs. this story: one day I had one of my little Munchkins at the Tot Lot in Prospect Park and we encountered a manical todler named "Iago". The mother was casually reading a newspaper on the bench, neglecting the little hellion, so I couldn't confirm with her, so I kept asking the kid, "What is your name?"

"Yago," he told me for the 10th time, looking at me like I was stupid.

As soon as I brought the baby home I told her mother, "You're not going to belive this but I just met a child named after the most evil character in all of Western literature." Perhaps the woman in the park found "Patrick Bateman" too pedestrian?

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much funny!

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cousin named her son Aesop -- pronounced ACE-op. He's a scrappy fighter but otherwise normal.

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I can't help myself...

Tess isn't obscure. Jude is.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cousin is named Alyosha. I wouldn't suggest doing that to a child. Tess, though. I like Tess.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends just had a baby called Atticus. Tess is fine compared to that.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger sarah said...

Tess of the D'urbervilles is one of my favorite books.
My sister in law is going with Dexter Yoshi, despite Yoshi meaning 'adopted son' - she isn't concerned with the possible identity crisis that may inflict upon the kid later in life.
Just met a kid named Riley (gag gag gag) Danzig.


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