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Thursday, August 16, 2007

JUST DON'T CALL ME LATE FOR DINNER

A Chinese couple wants to name their child after the commonly used Internet @ symbol.


Because there are so many common surnames in China, Li Yuming, the vice director of the State Language Commission, said yesterday people are driven to find more individual names for their children.

The police, who are the arbiters, will have the final say whether to reject @ as a name for the child because they issue identity cards.

The unidentified couple chose @, which translates into "love him" in Chinese, because "the whole world uses it to write e-mails."

Sounds like a good enough reason to me.


And, if they decide to have another child, they could call him .com
notice I couldn't put a period at the end of this sentence without changing the kid's name)

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4 Comments:

Anonymous BOB said...

I've got Chinese twins in my neighborhood,Xao and Zandy.Their parents are Xao and River(mom).
So that being said, is @ such a bad name for a kid?
We have Dweezil and Moon Zappa,the progeny of Frank Zappa.
We have a Chasity Bono,we have the artist formerly known as Prince who used a androgynous symbol for his name.He has since reverted to
his "Prince" moniker.
What strikes me here is that the Police in China have the final say-so over the chosen name.
China,still a police state apparently.
Perhaps they can pick one from column "A" and one from column "B"?
HA-RO and sayonara.

Thu Aug 16, 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@? How do pronounce that??

Thu Aug 16, 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

#&*!

Sat Aug 18, 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Parker said...

Waaaaa... Put me back in!

Mon Aug 20, 03:33:00 PM  

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