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"Check this out." Owen held up a newspaper. "A local school is grouping new students by name."

"What's so unusual about that?" Gwen looked up from her work.

"There's the religious; gods, demons, saints, a couple of Mohameds and a Willow. The traditionals; Marie, Sanjeev, Alexander and the like. The last group is has-been celebrities; including one poor kid lumbered with Callista and nine Britneys, all with different spellings. I pity whoever gets that last class."

"Why, they're just kids?"

"Can you really see Brit'Nee, with a star over the I, having a career as anything but a prostitute?"


tw100challenge #45: demons


24th Oct, 2007 18:04 (UTC)
It's true, the *too* normal names can cause plenty of problems. I know a guy who's constantly being harassed because a scumbag little crook living in the same town has the exact same name as him, including middle name. I like my name because it's not so unusual as to get me double takes and snide comments, but not so common that I'm constantly being confused with someone else.

On the other hand, a few years ago someone congratulated me on the new music review column I was doing for a local news magazine. It seems I'm not the only Mark Hunter who writes in Northern Indiana.

Deliberate mispellings always drive me crazy, but one has to be careful with that when it comes to names. After all, it's sometimes hard to tell what the original spelling actually was; I might be complaining about a spelling that's been around for hundreds of years. Still, inserting a Y instead of an I just to be "cute" isn't my idea of intelligent parenting ... and don't get me started on those idiots in Hollywood.