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29th Nov 2018, 21:38
As I have said before, some people forget that the Internet is a two-way channel. It does not matter what you think of the name on the boarding pass - you keep it to yourself!

BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46393501)
Southwest Airlines has apologised after a member of its staff mocked a five-year-old girl's name.
Traci Redford and her daughter, Abcde (pronounced ab-si-dee), were en route home to El Paso, Texas, from California's John Wayne Airport when the incident occurred.A gate agent allegedly began laughing and took a photo of the child's boarding pass and posted it online.

Airline spokesperson Chris Mainz offered the family a "sincere apology".

29th Nov 2018, 22:39
I hope Abcde told them to F off.

30th Nov 2018, 06:16
Gold star for @DaveReidUK....

30th Nov 2018, 06:25
The core issue here is the blatant invasion of privacy and breach of data protection laws. Would I name a child “tuvwxyz”, (pronounced “tuffwise”)? No. Can I reasonably expect that the information I provide an airline to facilitate my travel not to be broadcast to millions? Absolutely.

Eddie Dean
30th Nov 2018, 07:38
I hope Abcde told them to F off.So what about little Urinee, should I laugh at her or her mother?

pax britanica
30th Nov 2018, 11:42
it is a stupid name even by American standards but its a child involved and like it or not she probably gets a few remarks about it if she is at school butt hats just other children for an adult to do this in public is really thoughtless and unkind-the gate agent should get a transfer to the ramp for a few months next summer in somewhere like Phoenix .

I used to see Immigration people pointing at my passport-old style brit cardboard type and showing their colleagues and sometimes photo copying it. In Oslo one day i asked the guy what he was doing. My passport was issued in Bermuda and indeed had Government of Bermuda not Uk on the front and he said most immigration staff keep a personal tally of all the countries they have seen and clearly mine was an unusual and coveted one. probably illegal under DP rules these days but harmless enough and at least kept them on their toes but making fun of someones name is a very childish thing to do especially for someone in a customer facing position

30th Nov 2018, 13:51
Having a quiet afternoon, I read the rest of the article:
Vocativ, a news and data website, published a piece in 2014 saying there were at that time 328 children in the US named "Abcde" (https://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/people-named-abcde/index.html), according to the Social Security Administration.

30th Nov 2018, 17:09
I suppose if you have more than 26 kids you run into a problem...

30th Nov 2018, 18:03
The world is going bonkers, who calls their kids with stupid names. Some ‘parents’ are not in the gene pool as normal people

30th Nov 2018, 18:47
They interviewed the mom on the news. She said that she had the idea of naming a child Abcde when she was 6 years old (the mom). Funny how some people just don't grow up.

I worked with a guy who was expecting a child. Last name of Stein. They toyed with the idea of naming him Franklin N. Stein. For about 10 minutes. And then said "Nope. Not going to saddle our kid with that kind of burden."

1st Dec 2018, 14:28
One of my high school classmates, a delightful, funny, and intelligent young man, bore the name Straighton Hard III. Some years later, Straighton partnered with his good friend, Harry Root, to form a heavy construction company. I (and others) used to enjoy driving in downtown Atlanta and seeing huge (uuuuuge!) cranes emblazoned with signs proclaiming: "Hard-Root Construction Company"!

- Ed

Union Jack
1st Dec 2018, 14:43
I hope Abcde told them to F off.



1st Dec 2018, 22:01
My ex-wife was a radiographer (technician in USA) working in a major London hospital. She had to call the next patient from the wating area. Pretty tired, she read out the name from the appointment sheet ‘Mr Cart?’ No response so she tried again ‘Mr Cart? ... ‘Mr Orson Cart?’

He came forward - a little sheepishly

(True story)

2nd Dec 2018, 00:34
DaveReidUK wins 'Top of the Form' this week. (That's a UK reference for those of a certain age) In modern: Gold Star.

Bend alot
2nd Dec 2018, 05:46
The world is going bonkers, who calls their kids with stupid names. Some ‘parents’ are not in the gene pool as normal people

Would you call Kland a stupid name?

While many first pronounce it as kland - they soon learn to pronounce it as Kay-Land.

A fairly unique name but I don't think stupid, his siblings have fairly unique names also one more common over the World the other over a small country.

Espada III
2nd Dec 2018, 05:55
A fairly unique name but I don't think stupid, his siblings have fairly unique names also one more common over the World the other over a small country.

You're stupid. No such thing as fairly unique. It is impossible.. Rare yes, but unique implies only one of.

Iceland has it right.. They have a large but limited range of legally acceptable names. Wish the UK and USA would do the same.

Bend alot
2nd Dec 2018, 06:03
I have not seen another (for a person) so fairly unique stands - there may be another person, there certainly are enterprise names of the same.




1. 1.

with justice.

"he could not fairly be accused of wasting police time"synonyms:
justly, equitably, impartially, without bias, without prejudice, without fear or favour, with an open mind, open-mindedly, even-handedly, objectively, neutrally, disinterestedly; More
2. 2.

to a moderately high degree.

"I was fairly certain she had nothing to do with the affair"synonyms:
reasonably, passably, tolerably, satisfactorily, sufficiently, adequately, moderately, quite, rather, somewhat, relatively, comparatively; More




1. 1.

being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.

"the situation was unique in British politics"synonyms:
distinctive, individual, special, especial, idiosyncratic, quirky, eccentric, isolated;More


1. 1.

a unique person or thing.

"some of Lamb's writings were so memorably beautiful as to be uniques in their class

2nd Dec 2018, 06:10
An online review of the book - "Why Shouldn't I Call My Son Clint?" -
"Like a tiny piece of personalised music, each of us has a name that, like all sounds, evokes some small and subconscious response from those we meet. This collective reaction, over the years of our existence, can gently trickle down and influence whom we become. This book is a must-read if you are faced with one of the following scenarios..... 1. You've either fallen pregnant - or knocked-up your girlfriend - and are trying desperately to arrive at a baby name that won't destroy the child's life. 2. You work with an idiot and you wonder how they became an idiot. 3. Your parents didn't have access to this book and they mysteriously called you Nigel, Colleen, Sharon or Kingston. And you wonder why people seem to treat you differently."

In New Zealand a few years ago there was a highly publicised account of the school teacher who did something about one of his pupils called Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii. He went to court and got a direction form the magistrate that her name was to be changed to something more manageable. The contemporary cartoon in the Auckland paper showed a man, Mr Az, standing in the dock in court. He was asked by counsel to tell the court his given name. He replied "Guilty".
Then there was the well known case in New York of the two black brothers. One had been christened Winner. The other was named Loser. (Loser went on to find well-paid employment. Winner ended up in the slammer.)

Nigel Lawson's daughter was named Nigella. Imagine if Salman Rushdie had done something similar with his daughter?

2nd Dec 2018, 06:18
John Cleese is properly pronounced John CL-EASE His father was Jack Cheese. The young Cheese would have none of it. He went to the Post Office. There he looked through every phone book in the UK. To his delight, there was no one named Cleese. And that is a true story.

Bend alot
2nd Dec 2018, 09:47
So the true story would be that Cleese at the time, was known by John to be a unique surname in the UK by persons that had listed phone numbers.

2nd Dec 2018, 16:50
Espada III You have been in this forum long enough to know that gratuitous insults are not allowed. You may correct someone's use of grammar but not insult them. This is a Yellow Card warning.

Ancient Mariner
2nd Dec 2018, 20:31
One of my grandson's family name roughly translates to stick or club.
I suggested they name him Ice Hockey or Golf.
It wasn't appreciated.

Bend alot
3rd Dec 2018, 08:23
Correction of grammar?

Espada III you are unique in many and most ways.

But put very simple you are not a unique member on PpruNe or unique in being a pilot or any other occupation class.

You are it seems unique in being from North West UK and getting a warning on this thread, but not unique in having an opinion.

Based on all that I would say you are a "fairly" or a rather unique fellow, and there may or may not be another like you on PpruNe, in a occupation, in North West UK, on this thread but I expect that to be fairly rare.

3rd Dec 2018, 15:29
OK, guys - call it 'quits' and back to the topic in hand. I made the warning public for ALL to consider, not to gloat.