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a boy named sue [1] From a book review

“Studies showed that children with odd names got worse grades and were less popular than other classmates in elementary school. In college they were more likely to flunk out or become "psychoneurotic." Prospective bosses spurned their résumés. They were overrepresented among emotionally disturbed children and psychiatric patients.”

“The authors also interviewed adults today who had survived names like Candy Stohr, Cash Guy, Mary Christmas, River Jordan and Rasp Berry. All of them, even Happy Day, seemed untraumatized.

"They were very proud of their names, almost overly proud," Sherrod said. "We asked if that was a reaction to getting pummeled when they were little, but they said they didn't get that much ribbing. They did get a little tired of hearing the same jokes, but they liked having an unusual name because it made them stand out." ”

“But even if a bad name doesn't doom a child, why would any parent christen an infant Ogre? Sherrod found several of them, along with children named Ghoul, Gorgon, Medusa, Hades, Lucifer and every deadly sin except Gluttony (his favorite was Wrath Gordon).”

Of course, a child with an seriously demeaning and ridiculous name can always be advised to solve the problem by refusing to respond to any name but Janet (or whatever name the person should prefer).

end note

  1. “My daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn't leave much to ma and me
    Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
    Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me "Sue." ”

    “And he said: "Son, this world is rough
    And if a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
    And I knew I wouldn't be there to help ya along.
    So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
    I knew you'd have to get tough or die
    And it's the name that helped to make you strong." ”


    “I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
    And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
    And I came away with a different point of view.
    And I think about him, now and then,
    Every time I try and every time I win,
    And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
    Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!”

    [Lyrics from azlyrics.com]
A boy named Sue by Johnny Cash

A boy named Sue
by Johnny Cash

Audio CD album [20 tracks]
B00004S7EV
$10.49 [2006 reprint]
amazon.co.uk [1999 edition]

 

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