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(The Citizen)   Swedish parents denied right to call their son "Q", and all the gadgets in the world won't save them   (thelocal.se) divider line
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2009-01-22 02:32:20 AM  
Until it fell apart in my pocket, I loved Q.
 
2009-01-22 03:28:22 AM  
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2009-01-22 03:35:58 AM  
Well, I guess they're just f*cked then ;)

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2009-01-22 04:31:09 AM  
Well...that was pretty strange.
 
2009-01-22 04:57:03 AM  
Maybe they could consider naming him Bert.
 
2009-01-22 06:53:11 AM  
Q stood for "Quartermaster".
 
2009-01-22 06:53:15 AM  
What is it about those squirming little infants you humans find so appealing?
 
2009-01-22 06:54:23 AM  
They should try to go for "Queue". It'll be one long life standing in line.
 
2009-01-22 06:55:01 AM  
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Filed an amicus curiae brief on the parents' behalf.
 
2009-01-22 06:55:37 AM  
Cue, queue, kew-cachoo

/I am the walrus
 
2009-01-22 07:04:31 AM  
But the appeals court didn't buy the parents' argument, finding that Q is a letter of the alphabet which is not typically used as a first name.

How about Jay?...pronounced J You don't walk up to someone and say "Hi J-A-Y" The government actually gets to approve/disapprove your child's name? I Guess John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is a no-no too??
 
2009-01-22 07:05:00 AM  
Cue?

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What a Swedish cue might look like

/Kew?
//I just trying to help out those dumbasses
 
2009-01-22 07:06:36 AM  
Q - The Winged Serpent?
 
2009-01-22 07:06:49 AM  
Q*bert still acceptable.
 
2009-01-22 07:13:12 AM  
Is he going to be a dancin' man?
 
2009-01-22 07:14:48 AM  
Agent K does not exist for comment.
 
2009-01-22 07:21:07 AM  
I would have gone with L.
 
2009-01-22 07:21:57 AM  
Well, that's certainly a... umm... certainly an interesting...

oh look!

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Damned "The Local" stories.
 
2009-01-22 07:30:56 AM  
I think he's attempting re-entry, sir.
 
2009-01-22 07:35:05 AM  
I actually think that's kinda wrong. The name is easy to pronounce, easy to spell, is not offensive, and is an established actual letter, not a freakin' symbol. I wouldn't name my kid that, but hey.....
 
2009-01-22 07:40:43 AM  
Came for the Star Trek references. Left satisfied.
 
2009-01-22 07:42:34 AM  
Why can't parents name their kids what they want?
 
2009-01-22 07:47:13 AM  
We've got a Fox News reporter down here in South Florida named Q. McCray

http://www.wsvn.com/newsteam/?id=MI98392
 
2009-01-22 07:47:21 AM  
Q in 2022?

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/hotlinked, leading the way!

oh wait, they said "son"
 
2009-01-22 07:52:47 AM  
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This sounds like a good idea; I support the parents.

/I want my que held like this
 
2009-01-22 07:55:45 AM  

MugzyBrown: Why can't parents name their kids what they want?


Newsflash:

Conventions vary from country to country!
For instance, in Iceland people are (usually) identified by their first name and their immediate lineage (e.g. Frika Jonnsson - i.e. Frika, Jonn's son) first names that have not been previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee before being used.. Maybe Sweden is the same.

Besides, parents that give their kids funny or outlandish names need protecting from themselves...
 
2009-01-22 07:56:08 AM  
I went to college with a guy named J... No one would believe him that it wasn't Jay until he showed them his license.
 
2009-01-22 08:01:49 AM  
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2009-01-22 08:05:37 AM  
kiefermr
I went to college with a guy named J...

Was his last name Hunnicutt?
 
2009-01-22 08:06:22 AM  
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2009-01-22 08:06:49 AM  
thisispete
Cue, queue, kew-cachoo

/I am the walrus


I know you're making a joke, but it's actually "Goo-goo, ga-joob".

/just sayin'
 
2009-01-22 08:07:37 AM  
Sorry for the bold.
 
2009-01-22 08:07:38 AM  
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Sees no problem here... move along.
 
2009-01-22 08:11:09 AM  
Que?

/What?
 
2009-01-22 08:12:50 AM  
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2009-01-22 08:15:53 AM  
That's good for the child. In French, the name of the letter Q is a homonym for an obscenity. Since he's in the EU, it's likely that that would be a problem.
 
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2009-01-22 08:16:22 AM  
Came for the Truman reference. Zamboni made it and wins at life.

/God bless America, where your name can be whatever.
 
2009-01-22 08:20:40 AM  
Q?
Gadgets?

How about iQ?
 
2009-01-22 08:25:56 AM  
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2009-01-22 08:31:20 AM  
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NOW PAY ATTENTION, DOUBLE-OH SEVEN!!!
 
2009-01-22 08:31:37 AM  
Anyone else see this link a couple stories down about a guy suing for box-wine compensation?

A man from northern Sweden is to receive compensation from the state after he had his box wine confiscated by police in connection with a drink driving conviction. (new window)

Now that's some poetic justice! I had a 40 confiscated once that I'd like to have replaced!
 
2009-01-22 08:49:22 AM  
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Q?
 
2009-01-22 08:49:24 AM  
Why name your kid.....um wait....

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Oh look....A BBR.
blonde,brunette, redhead.


DAMN YOU LOCAL I love you
 
2009-01-22 08:49:33 AM  
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2009-01-22 08:52:17 AM  
Should have tried M, he could have make a song about Pop Muzik.
 
2009-01-22 08:52:35 AM  
Near Q

far Q

 
2009-01-22 08:56:45 AM  
And Captain Picard nods his head sagely
 
2009-01-22 09:01:09 AM  
Intended for Americans, but here goes:
http://sites.google.com/site/apeiron/Home/ChildNaming
 
2009-01-22 09:10:32 AM  
Couldn't they have just spelled it 'Cue' Or 'Que'??

/just sayin'
 
2009-01-22 09:16:26 AM  

Pinky Floyd: Couldn't they have just spelled it 'Cue' Or 'Que'??


¿Que?
 
2009-01-22 09:17:43 AM  
My daughter, Penis, agrees with the ruling.
 
2009-01-22 09:22:43 AM  
Compared to the dumbass American parents who named their kid "Adolph Hitler," this is namby pamby.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,468250,00.html
 
2009-01-22 09:24:24 AM  
The Voice of Doom
Was his last name Hunnicutt?

I think his last name was Fisk.
 
2009-01-22 09:34:27 AM  

Great Gonzo: My daughter, Penis, agrees with the ruling.


So how's your Penis doing?
 
2009-01-22 09:42:17 AM  
The court also referenced relevant case law which holds that letters are not considered appropriate for names if the letters aren't already considered a name.

Two questions:

1. How does a name come to be "already considered a name" unless it is used in such a way for the first time?

2. What will happen to the parents or friends of the kid if they do call him "Q"? Will they get arrested? If it's strictly a matter of legal paperwork, I think it would be fun to make his legal name "Snagglepuss", but still call him "Q" as his nickname.
 
2009-01-22 09:50:53 AM  
why don't the just name him something that starts with the lettert Q such as Quenton, and then use Q as his nickname
 
2009-01-22 09:52:13 AM  

JoeJitsu: Q?


Actually the first thing I thought of.
I loved that movie as a kid.
 
2009-01-22 10:00:49 AM  
5 years down the road. The Dad is at ToyzRu trying to figure out what gift to buy. The lady behind the counter asks who it's for and of course he says, "For Q."

/she was just asking.
 
2009-01-22 10:04:54 AM  
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Or Q, mah cat :D The source of many a caturday caption :)
 
2009-01-22 10:11:56 AM  
Is it just me, or is Sweden more than just a little draconian in its policies?
 
2009-01-22 10:21:17 AM  

zamboni: Damned "The Local" stories.


I couldn't get past the first sentence of the article...

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GALLERY »
Weekend photo action from Stockholm's nightclubs
 
2009-01-22 10:36:44 AM  
At least his name wasn't destructive.

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2009-01-22 10:37:20 AM  
"That's not funny, 007."
 
2009-01-22 10:44:20 AM  

BenJammin: Compared to the dumbass American parents who named their kid "Adolph Hitler," this is namby pamby.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,468250,00.html


No no no, it's spelled "Adolph Hitler", but it's pronounced "Throat-Wobbler Mangrove".

/surprised that reference hasn't been used yet
 
2009-01-22 10:56:30 AM  
I can tell you from personal experience, people look at you funny when you tell them your name is Q. Not that my name is Q, of course, but it is Hugh, and sometimes people will mishear one as the other. Quite a few times I've got a coffee cup back labelled "Q". The worst incident, though, happened at a really noisy bar.

Me: I'm Hugh.
Chick: Really? Just Q?
Me: Uhhh, yeah, just Hugh.
Chick: Oh, right... in that case, I'm just C.
Me: Nice to meet you, Justine.
 
2009-01-22 11:09:14 AM  
Am I late to the party?
 
2009-01-22 11:11:54 AM  
I came here for John DeLancy, and am leaving satisfied.
 
2009-01-22 11:21:25 AM  

hugmup: That's good for the child. In French, the name of the letter Q is a homonym for an obscenity. Since he's in the EU, it's likely that that would be a problem.


Hey, is Sweden we have guys named "Jerker" and the courts are ok with that...
 
2009-01-22 11:23:03 AM  
They should name him Kyoo.
 
2009-01-22 11:26:40 AM  

kiefermr: I went to college with a guy named J... No one would believe him that it wasn't Jay until he showed them his license.


Homer J Simpson approves.

Q could be a GoD!
 
2009-01-22 12:18:22 PM  

Shakespeare's Monkey: This sounds like a good idea; I support the parents.

/I want my que held like this


Ah, the Black Widow. Me likey.
 
2009-01-22 12:43:50 PM  
QQ moar Swedish n00bs!!!1!
 
2009-01-22 01:48:27 PM  
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Nothing like living in a socialist society where the government has long established that they know better than you, and will tell you what you can and can't name your kid.

Whoohoo! Go IKEA!
 
2009-01-22 02:32:58 PM  
At least Q had some nobillity in them. The assholes who named their kid Adolf Hitler were just ASKING for him to be taken away.

Hmm, actually, that'd be a pretty clever move. No kids and no messy murders and then crying for the cameras like how American moms get away with it.
 
2009-01-22 03:16:42 PM  
You know you're a geek when you read the title and think "TNG".
 
2009-01-22 03:20:25 PM  
And what business is it of the government what you name your kid?
 
2009-01-22 03:47:35 PM  
And what business is it of the government what you name your kid?

There is the concept of protecting children. Yeah, it can get kind of nebulous, but ideally children should be protected from being named things that are extremely undignified (profanity, etc).
 
2009-01-22 08:37:44 PM  
Q?

meh, that's nothing i went to school with a guy whos legal first name was Superman.

Was always great the first day of school watching the Teacher ask him if his name really was Superman.
or whenever they called his name on the Wrestleing team. And now some po dunk kid from the rival school Versus....... SUUUUUUUUPPPPPPEEERRRRRMAN!
 
2009-01-23 02:25:28 AM  

portscanner: Came for the Star Trek references. Left satisfied.


This.
 
2009-01-23 02:29:51 AM  

Fano: kiefermr: I went to college with a guy named J... No one would believe him that it wasn't Jay until he showed them his license.

Homer J Simpson approves.



You mean...Max Power!!!
 
2009-01-23 08:48:51 AM  
"Goo Goo G'joob"
 
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