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(The New Yorker)   "Names can influence choice of profession, where we live, whom we marry, the grades we earn, the stocks we invest in, whether we're accepted to a school or are hired for a particular job, and the quality of our work in a group setting"   (newyorker.com) divider line 189
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2013-12-21 07:26:23 PM
Juliet - Act 2 Scene 2:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
 
2013-12-21 07:53:37 PM
I used to work with a girl named Merry Christmas.  She'd been born on Christmas day, and for some reason her parents thought that was a good idea.

It just hit me that she'd be great on the O'Reilly factor for the whole War on Christmas thing.  I'll have to drop her a line.
 
2013-12-21 10:37:41 PM
My wife vetoed my suggestion to name our son Poindexter.
 
2013-12-21 10:39:19 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I used to work with a girl named Merry Christmas.  She'd been born on Christmas day, and for some reason her parents thought that was a good idea.

It just hit me that she'd be great on the O'Reilly factor for the whole War on Christmas thing.  I'll have to drop her a line.


Was Christmas her last name or middle. I went to school with a Merry Christmas Something....I wonder...
 
2013-12-21 10:46:28 PM
A former colleague was having twins and I suggested naming them Tyrant and Overlord.  For some reason she insisted that these were not appropriate names.  Went with Archer and Griffin instead.
 
2013-12-21 10:48:10 PM
joeydevilla.com
 
2013-12-21 10:48:54 PM
I've already read freakonomics.
 
2013-12-21 10:50:13 PM
Is Lasonia OK?
 
TWX
2013-12-21 10:51:08 PM
Yes, yes they can.

/never known a 'Chastity' whose personal life was anything but an antonym
 
2013-12-21 10:52:39 PM
What?
 
2013-12-21 10:52:50 PM
...according to author shiatface McGee.
 
2013-12-21 10:54:46 PM
I guess that's one way to declare a survey to be invalid when it gets results different from what you want - claim invalid methodology.
 
2013-12-21 10:56:23 PM
de10.com.mx
 
2013-12-21 10:56:58 PM
So Douchbag Farkwad is a popular name in the investment banking world?
/whoda thunk it!
 
2013-12-21 10:57:24 PM
i580.photobucket.com

Note the red arrow.
 
2013-12-21 10:57:39 PM
There's really no problem with a name like Batman Chalupa Macarthur, but you sure start at a negative in everyones expectations of you.
 
2013-12-21 10:58:14 PM
simpsonswiki.com
 
2013-12-21 10:59:19 PM

Rhino_man: [i580.photobucket.com image 450x282]

Note the red arrow.


Red arrow notes itself by nature.
 
2013-12-21 10:59:36 PM
i know a kid named Dresden. he likes to play with fire.
 
2013-12-21 10:59:57 PM
I wanted to name our last child Carmen Marie in case the outcome happened to be female. My mother In law thought it too ethnic. I was very upset, but it made no difference.My wife managed to name both our boys after me, I have a long name.
 
2013-12-21 11:00:46 PM
Harvard professors conducted a study using Harvard grads.  big deal.
 
2013-12-21 11:01:17 PM
Nancy. Never get involved with a Nancy. And if you do, run like hell. Nicoles are kinda cool. Stormys are even better. Stay away from Aimees, they're almost as bad as Nancys.
 
2013-12-21 11:01:55 PM
Major Major Major Major unavailable for comment.
 
2013-12-21 11:02:31 PM
The answer to the article's question is easy. the answer is, it tells us the middle class, who does the bulk of hiring through HR departments, is racist and inflexible; therefore the capitalist economy will not be staffed by the best people to do a job; therefore affirmative action is necessary in order to have a country run by unconsciously racist farkups.
 
2013-12-21 11:02:47 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: Rhino_man: [i580.photobucket.com image 450x282]

Note the red arrow.

Red arrow notes itself by nature.


The best MST3K "Space Mutiny" name that never was.
 
2013-12-21 11:02:51 PM

Your Hind Brain: Nancy. Never get involved with a Nancy. And if you do, run like hell. Nicoles are kinda cool. Stormys are even better. Stay away from Aimees, they're almost as bad as Nancys.


I've never even heard of a Nancy under the age of 80.
 
2013-12-21 11:03:13 PM

Huskadoodle: I wanted to name our last child Carmen Marie in case the outcome happened to be female. My mother In law thought it too ethnic. I was very upset, but it made no difference.My wife managed to name both our boys after me, I have a long name.


you have kids named Huska and Doodle?
 
2013-12-21 11:03:43 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-21 11:03:48 PM
Barkevious, we've looked at your professional options survey and have determined that you better hit the frkkin weight room. If not, you'll be lucky to get a job parking cars outside the hospital downtown.
 
2013-12-21 11:04:56 PM

HotWingAgenda: Your Hind Brain: Nancy. Never get involved with a Nancy. And if you do, run like hell. Nicoles are kinda cool. Stormys are even better. Stay away from Aimees, they're almost as bad as Nancys.

I've never even heard of a Nancy under the age of 80.


Nancy Grace might be under 80.

/She might also be deathless.
 
2013-12-21 11:06:20 PM
Obligatory, I suppose.

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2013-12-21 11:07:22 PM
My aunt Nancy is fifty and quite sane. I, on the other hand, have never had a good experience with anyone named Karen or Brad. I'm sure there are lots of great, sane Karens and Brads out there but the ones I meet are always weaselly backstabbing wastes of space.
 
2013-12-21 11:07:46 PM

Bucky Katt: HotWingAgenda: Your Hind Brain: Nancy. Never get involved with a Nancy. And if you do, run like hell. Nicoles are kinda cool. Stormys are even better. Stay away from Aimees, they're almost as bad as Nancys.

I've never even heard of a Nancy under the age of 80.

Nancy Grace might be under 80.

/She might also be deathless.


I lean toward her being the result of a misdrawn summoning circle myself...
 
2013-12-21 11:08:03 PM
Nominative Determinism - the tendency of people to gravitate to area of work that fit their name. So:

The New Scientist gave it the name nominative determinism - the idea that there is a link between people's names and their occupation. In their book Yes!, Goldstein, Martin and Cialdini cite the classic piece of research that supports the idea that nominative determism really exists. A study of the rolls of the American Dental Association shows that more people called Dennis become dentists than you would expect if the choice of profession were purely random. And now we have the exquisitely named Bernard Madoff, making off with his client's cash. Here are my top 10 examples of nominative determinism.

1. Theodore Hee. Mr T. Hee was responsible for most of the early comic storylines for Walt Disney films.

2. Cardinal Sin. The classic example, I think. Jamie Sin was an Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines. Wikipedia helpfully notes: "His name should not be confused with "cardinal sin", which is synonymous for the seven deadly sins".

3. Judge Judge. In July of this year Sir Igor Judge was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

4. Amy Freeze. Fox News Chicago's Chief Meteorologist could hardly have chosen a different profession. Save, perhaps, setting pay for Government employees.

5. Patty Turner. The inevitable name of the wife of McDonald's CEO Frank Turner.

6. Governor Blagojevich. The man responsible for introducing Americans to the British slang term "blag" which as the dictionary puts it means "To rob, steal [origin unknown]

7. Dr Fred Grabiner. This is what the internet is for. A forum on appropriate names yields this brilliant moniker for a gynaecologist.

8. J. W. Splatt and D. Weedon. The New Scientist campaign was spurred on by the discovery of these two authors of an article on incontinence in the British Journal of Urology (vol 49, pp 173-176, 1977).

9. Usain Bolt. Surely his surname influenced the career of the world's fastest man? The same cannot be said of Marina Stepanova. This is the ideal name for an elite hurdler. But she earned her first titles under her maiden name of Marina Makeyeva, so her name can't have influenced her choice of career. Perhaps, though, it influenced her choice of husband.

10. Paige Worthy. Nominative determism has also fascinated the Freaknonomics blog ever since they discovered this fact checker for Good magazine.

Warren Breedlove manager of NSW farm overrun by rabbits
president of prosthetic company named Newdick
Peter Skidmore wrote article on cow dung
Mr Grunt an article on male guinea pig orgasms
San Francisco dentist called Les Plack
David Grubb runs Feed the Children Society
Animal Behaviour by Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox
Juvenile Delinquency by Lively and Reckless
printing firm N Ireland Reid & Wright

Head nurse at a hospice for dying people named Mary Death. (Usually pronounced 'dee-ath' Her favorite story was about meeting a guy in lift who said "Oh God Is that your name? I'd change that if it was me." "Really? What would you change it to?" "I'd change it to Susan. I've never liked the name Mary."

more  http://talkingeasy.com/32names.html
 
2013-12-21 11:08:27 PM
uberhumor.com
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media.247sports.com
 
2013-12-21 11:08:39 PM

HotWingAgenda: Your Hind Brain: Nancy. Never get involved with a Nancy. And if you do, run like hell. Nicoles are kinda cool. Stormys are even better. Stay away from Aimees, they're almost as bad as Nancys.

I've never even heard of a Nancy under the age of 80.


Consider yourself lucky. Found one in her 30s. Very cute. Very psychotic.

You must live in an area where all the girls are all named Bree or Ashleee.

/no offense
 
2013-12-21 11:09:44 PM

Hector Remarkable: Juliet - Act 2 Scene 2:

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself though, not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O! be some other name:
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.


Of course, Juliet was a stupid little teenage girl who knew nothing of the real world. If a rose were called stinkweed, it would NOT smell as sweet
 
2013-12-21 11:10:06 PM
watercoolerlaughs.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-21 11:11:20 PM

Bucky Katt: you have kids named Huska and Doodle?


Jr.

Actually, not a Jr. in the mix. My parents found it necessary to give me three first names (or one first and two middle). My wife mixed them up to create two individual namesakes.
 
2013-12-21 11:12:24 PM

phillydrifter: [watercoolerlaughs.files.wordpress.com image 450x325]


Too late, beat you to it.
 
2013-12-21 11:12:42 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I used to work with a girl named Merry Christmas.  She'd been born on Christmas day, and for some reason her parents thought that was a good idea.

It just hit me that she'd be great on the O'Reilly factor for the whole War on Christmas thing.  I'll have to drop her a line.



I thought Christmas only came one a year.
 
2013-12-21 11:12:46 PM
For example, if you name your child "Jeeves," it's pretty obvious he has only one career path.
 
2013-12-21 11:12:58 PM
Gene Masseth pffftt!
 
2013-12-21 11:12:59 PM
images.huffingtonpost.com

/how could someone name their kid "Gene Masseth"?
 
2013-12-21 11:13:36 PM
I'd be willing to bet that successful, dynastic driven families simply name their children names that they deem "appropriate" for their heritage / life path (William, Alexander, Charles, etc), while poor people dont mind naming their children Cletus or LaShawndra.

Its kind of like people who choose to have face tattoos vs not....
 
2013-12-21 11:17:50 PM

BuckTurgidson: Gene Masseth pffftt!


FirstNationalBastard: [images.huffingtonpost.com image 570x428]

/how could someone name their kid "Gene Masseth"?


Simulpost!
 
2013-12-21 11:20:18 PM

Alonjar: I'd be willing to bet that successful, dynastic driven families simply name their children names that they deem "appropriate" for their heritage / life path (William, Alexander, Charles, etc), while poor people dont mind naming their children Cletus or LaShawndra.

Its kind of like people who choose to have face tattoos vs not....


Charles.

www.allthingscrimeblog.com
 
2013-12-21 11:21:36 PM
Alonjar:  while poor people dont mind naming their children Cletus or LaShawndra.

Its kind of like people who choose to have face tattoos vs not....


Or Drew for that matter.

/old inside joke
 
2013-12-21 11:23:15 PM

Bennie Crabtree: The answer to the article's question is easy. the answer is, it tells us the middle class, who does the bulk of hiring through HR departments, is racist and inflexible; therefore the capitalist economy will not be staffed by the best people to do a job; therefore affirmative action is necessary in order to have a country run by unconsciously racist farkups.


You sound attractive and successful.
 
2013-12-21 11:23:54 PM
So what they are saying is, we cant expect great things from someone with a name like Taniqua-Skittlespack?
 
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