Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ode to the Name

This post over at Musings of a Highly Trained Monkey stirred the recesses of my spiderweb covered brain and handed forth a few memories of crazy names I've come across. I often wonder if parents are seriously as stupid as they look or if they plan to slowly and deliberately torture their children as they go through school. Are they handing down retribution to their children for when they were made fun of in school?

"Well, I had to toughen up pretty quick when I peed on the teeter totter and all the kids called me Peeter-Potter until 12th grade. I'll show them! I'll name my kid.........."

Diarrhea.

I shit you not. No pun intended of course.

Pronounced Dee-Ar-ee-a

I stood there with the chart in my hand for a good 2 minutes. I stared at it not believing what I was seeing. I ran through every pronunciation in my head and I still could not wrap my tongue around it.

I hesitated. Fumbled a bit.

"Ummm.......de.....duh......um....."

"Oh! That's us! It's dee-ar-ee-a."

"Um, okay. Come on back."

As I settled them at the triage desk I asked what they were here for. Yes, you guessed it...........

Diarrhea had Diarrhea.

Sigh...........


6 comments:

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

Some parents just need to be....._________ (you fill in the blank.)

The T-Dude said...

...slapped. What the heck were they thinking?

Shannon said...

Now see - I used to work in the South where names like Peaches, Puddin', and Peanut are not unusual! And yes, Puddin' was spelled with no 'g' and and apostrophe.

ArkieRN said...

I am southern and my grandmother is Puddin'. It tickles the heck out of us when a Yankee pronounces it with a "g".

Anonymous said...

this made my day!

Carolyn said...

Love that story. I work at a college and sometimes have to call students on the phone. I hate it when I don't know how to pronounce a students name. I swear, sometimes it's just a bunch of random letters with an apostophy thrown in. I love to look at people's email addresses too. Like the 40 year old mother of 4 whose email address was bendmeover@whatever.com. Yikes!