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#4490: Re: funny names in Haiti (fwd)
From: archim <email@example.com>
I am so amused at the many postings regarding funny names in Haiti.
I believe that it was one of my earlier postings which appears to have
gotten it going full-steam...and that posting was about two or three
months ago. The "funny names in Haiti" comments seem to keep going.
However, I had wanted to comment before, but have been on vacation
and did not have the opportunity. If our readership family will
remember my original posting, it was a funny comment about a funny
possibility, not really a funny name. A waitress in a Petion-Ville
restaurant was named "Chlorine", and we always giggled about that,
but not too seriously. Her mother probably saw the name on a bottle
and thought it would be good for her new baby. (Or maybe she knew what
chlorine was and thought the name might be associated with
whitening!!!) Neverthless, the name was not the point of the posting.
Her brother was coming to town, you will remember, and we mused that
it would surely be hilarious if his name was Ajax.
Now "Ajax" is a perfectly acceptable name, and we were in no way
implying that such a name would be funny; we merely thought it would
be funny to have an Ajax and a Chlorine in the same family. As it
turned out, her brother's name was Comet! (And that's a perfectly-
acceptable name, too.) It was funny only in that they were brother and
sister; something like calling your two kids "Georgia" (perfectly
acceptable) and "Mississippi"!
But, a number of persons responded to that "funny names" posting
while completely missing the obvious point of the humor. This is not
too different from the responses of lots of persons on political
points (and many on this list!), who appear to miss the whole point
and go off on tangents just to hear themselves talk.
Funny names can really be funny; mine is!
Archimandrite (Father) Michael Graves
(I should have been an undertaker!)