While perusing Facebook instead of, okay, writing for the A-Z Challenge, I came upon something from a site called "The LAD Bible." I really have no idea who they are and I can't remember why I liked them in the first place. But, occasionally, they'll post something pretty funny. Or, in the case of what inspired a post about 'H' (I had to shift my original idea for 'H' to another letter), they'll post something interesting.
A parenting website called BabyCentre has compiled a list of baby names which run the risk of dying out this year.
NOTE: This is a site from the United Kingdom. The spelling of 'Center' and bad teeth on all the babies was a dead giveway. So, Yanks? Take this with a grain of salt. I'm sure 'Kanye' would be on the list in England, though.
|"Yo, that may be true, dog, but I got enough problems. |
I'm broke and my father-in-law has bigger titties than my old lady."
Some names are pretty surprising, at least from the girls' side. Names like Angela, Carol, Maureen, and Sharon are listed along with some which are NOT so surprising. Like Delores (which can also be spelled 'Doloris.' Still...yeesh.).
NOTE: If any of you are named Dolores, you have my sincere apology. And sympathy.
Most of the boys names on the list aren't nearly so shocking. You look at these and wonder, were people actually naming their sons Bertram or Nigel last year?
In fact, I don't know anyone who's named Bertram and the only person I know named 'Nigel' is that guy on Austin Powers.
|"'Ello, 'ello, p'rhaps you were thinking of Nigel Powers, mate?"|
Yeah, that's probably it. I knew I wasn't crazy.
But, one name stands out mostly because I've only heard it a couple times. Once during the movie True Grit. You know, the good one,
|"Sure, Jeff Bridges is no me. |
But, let's be honest, you're no Matt Damon."
Sure, there was a remake with Jeff Bridges. It was good, but, come on, the original had the Duke. But, it also had Glen Campbell. So, there's that.
There was a lot of action in it, to be sure. But, I also remember that Rooster Cogburn had a son named Horace whom he described to Maddy Ross (played by the flat-chested Kim Darby).
|"A clumsier child you'll never see than Horace. |
By the way, I really wish we had Matt Damon."
The only other 'Horace' that I can recall is Horace Greeley, the noted dead newspaperman from the 19th Century. You know, before they got a solid grip on that whole shaving thing.
|"Could someone help me, please? |
My toupee appears to have fallen off my skull and into my collar."
|"Besides, I won the Civil War. |
That doofus doesn't even know how to use a razor."
In addition to being editor of the New York tribune, Horace was also a New York Congressman and ran a failed presidential campaign, losing to Ulysses S. Grant who ran on the platform, "Beards Belong On Faces."
|"Hey, at least my sideburns |
were on my face.
Where they belonged."
Still, it seems a little unfair that 'Horace' has been identified as a name which is threatening to wither away.
Especially since Percy wasn't on the list.
|Disdaining possible ridicule, |
this trendsetter has ensured the "Greeley Look" remains alive.
I'm sure he's named Horace.
By the way, yes, Walmart. This is probably not surprising.