Thursday, February 4, 2010

Naming Children The Stress-Free Way

May I introduce my daughter, Astedysi?

Thanks to all the sweet Betty Fans who commented on my post yesterday. I have no intention of backing off from forcing words upon you without pity or shame. I'm like the wart that won't go away when it comes to blogging. I plan to become just a regular feature in your lives and pretty soon, only a trained professional will notice the unsightly but benign growth and suggest it be removed.

My first comment yesterday was indeed from a Chinese spammer. How sweet of him to drop in. For those of you who don't read Chinese (let's get on that this weekend, shall we?) apparently this person was offering his kind services for something that had to do with sex and breasts. HOB found this out when he clicked on it and pushed some sort of translating button. Unfortunately, he did this while at work. I suggested he take some cookies and Cokes for the friendly computer/moral police who will most likely show up in his office today.

Spammers have been finding my site a lot lately, so this morning I put in Word Verification on my comment thingamajig. This means my commenters will need to take an extra step to post their brilliant comments.

Let us approach this with a positive attitude and think of it as just strengthening those mental synapses that will eventually come in handy later in life. While others are wandering around in the grocery store wondering just why the heck they are there, thanks to your work with Word Verification, you'll already be in the air freshener department sniffing away, trying to decide between Cherry Morning or Vanilla Sunrise. (The fact that later in the afternoon you try to snack on these very same air fresheners simply means that you did not comment enough.)

I was working with my class on blogs one day and told one of my students that whatever word came up in Word Verification, she had to promise me she would name her future child that name. It was something like Butterwillow which is brilliant! I got very excited! I put it with her last name of Rodriguez and said it loudly about twenty times! (It was weird that she dropped the class later that very day. Scheduling conflict, probably. It happens more than you think it would.)

So, for those of you who are willing and able, please push the comment button and tell me just what the name of your next real and/or imaginary child will be. Personally, I think this is a great way to choose a name for your offspring. It takes all the drama/family hysteria/personal responsibility out of it.

When the child comes to you years later and wants to know just WHY you named him Putridad, you can just shrug your shoulders and say, "Hey, it's what came up on the screen when it was time. Now hand your Mama her air freshener and a spoon, won't you? It's time to read my Bossy Betty for the day."


LittleSilkDress said...

Samytolo. Hope that works for a boy because I'm pretty stuck on Peyton Renee or Addison for a little girl. :) Happy Thursday!

Anjanette said...

Miredani Mensa has a certain ring to it, don't you think?

Bossy Betty said...

OH! Both of these are great! It's working!!!

Please feel free to use "Bossy" or "Betty" as a middle name.

Unknown said...

How do those spammer's find us? I have been fending them off with a stick lately...thanks for the comment today (I think free writing was a total fail for me) but Thanks anyway!

Let's see what My next imaginary kid is going to be -- cause after 4 -- this Momma is done!!

Mitsm Rock -- has a good ring to it!

Lazy Pineapple said...

well mine is going to be 'dermtin' and if he has a twin then will call him 'Tintin'.

Thankfully I have had no spamming till now :)
Word verification sure does suck, but its better this way. Nice post Betty :)

Brian said...

Is Astedysi steady?

Anonymous said...

spillen -- and i think that since all the letters are lower case, that is how i will spell it.

Anonymous said...

middle name: nestiz, also all lower case.

Shan said...

Oh man... Tom's gonna kill me. He usually likes to be pretty danged involved in the naming of his offspring. Maybe I should give *him* the air freshener and a spoon before I tell him the baby's name is Comesty (which I'm pronouncing co-MESS-tea... not come-sty, in case you were wondering)

Trevor said...

boxima. I like it. Too bad it is not imabox, that makes more sense.

We have to get you a screen capture betty so that you don't have to use your normal camera to take pictures of your screen.

Bossy Betty said...

Oh Lurking! Can you get me one of them things?

Que Merrill said...

Iniout ... no matter what the belly button is, it will be appropriate.

Trisha Dawn said...


Ahh, Auntie, do I have to?

Yaya' s Home said...

Once again, I laughed all the way through your post... and the following comments. No word, yet, but I don't anticipate having any more little ones right away, anyhow. I think my grandies would begin to wonder.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Shan said...

Okay, yes, there are a hundred other things I should be doing beside re-reading BB posts... but can you just imagine if we'd given our baby such a name as Comesty?! People would think we were freaks! Our little Fynn girl is normal, normal I tell ya!