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BS: the funny business of names

Mr Happy 11 May 02 - 04:13 PM
wysiwyg 11 May 02 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,MMario 11 May 02 - 04:20 PM
Mr Happy 11 May 02 - 04:23 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 May 02 - 05:23 PM
Robin2 11 May 02 - 09:36 PM
Sorcha 11 May 02 - 10:18 PM
Banjer 11 May 02 - 10:27 PM
Liz the Squeak 12 May 02 - 05:29 AM
Peg 12 May 02 - 09:19 AM
CapriUni 12 May 02 - 10:01 AM
DMcG 12 May 02 - 10:11 AM
tooligan 12 May 02 - 10:33 AM
CapriUni 12 May 02 - 12:34 PM
jimlad 12 May 02 - 01:02 PM
Uncle_DaveO 12 May 02 - 01:24 PM
mack/misophist 12 May 02 - 03:00 PM
C-flat 12 May 02 - 04:49 PM
GUEST,Bullfrog Jones (on the road) 12 May 02 - 05:07 PM
Robin2 12 May 02 - 09:22 PM
catspaw49 12 May 02 - 09:28 PM
MBSLynne 13 May 02 - 07:23 AM
Scabby Douglas 13 May 02 - 07:51 AM
GUEST,Crazy Eddie 13 May 02 - 08:40 AM
CapriUni 13 May 02 - 11:45 AM
jeffp 13 May 02 - 01:43 PM
CapriUni 13 May 02 - 03:00 PM
jeffp 13 May 02 - 03:09 PM
Liz the Squeak 13 May 02 - 04:42 PM
Mr Happy 13 May 02 - 04:52 PM
GUEST,DonD - where's my cookie? 13 May 02 - 05:28 PM
Mr Happy 13 May 02 - 05:31 PM
Penny S. 13 May 02 - 06:32 PM
AliUK 13 May 02 - 06:41 PM
Sonnet 13 May 02 - 06:43 PM
Mr Happy 13 May 02 - 06:50 PM
GUEST,Peter from Essex 13 May 02 - 06:54 PM
Snuffy 13 May 02 - 06:55 PM
artbrooks 13 May 02 - 08:29 PM
GUEST,Bullfrog Jones (on the road) 25 May 02 - 11:27 AM
allanwill 25 May 02 - 11:58 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 25 May 02 - 01:46 PM
Celtic Soul 25 May 02 - 02:05 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 25 May 02 - 03:12 PM
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Crane Driver 25 May 02 - 06:32 PM
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Subject: the funny business of names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 04:13 PM

sort of link to/ from 'funny names of business'

individuals can have funny names thrust upon them, esp. when they're babbies, & can't express an opinion

that's one' ve the things i like about mc forum- you can choose yer own name.

i read somewhere, back in the racist & uninformed '50's that a child in china doesn't get a name until they are able to make some sort of informed choice

i've chosen my name here- i would've preferred to always be Mr Happy, but i'm stuck with perpetual happiness!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 May 02 - 04:19 PM

Not at all-- you can change your name here. See FAQ for how.

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 11 May 02 - 04:20 PM

acxtually - you can go into your personal information and change your name into anything that doesn't duplicate someone else! just don't dreate another ACCOUNT.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 11 May 02 - 04:23 PM

telephone call to Mr Smellie

hello,

hello, are you Smelly?

yes

Well, why don't you do something about it?

this suks ikno


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 May 02 - 05:23 PM

And in the big world you can always change your name if you want. Most of us have several names when you get dfown to it, which are used by different people in different situations - nicknames, abbreviations, private-family-only-names, and so forth.

A lot of people change the name they choose to be called by when they go to college for example, or when they leave.

I knew a Bob whose mother always insisted on referring to him as Robert to the day she died.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Robin2
Date: 11 May 02 - 09:36 PM

I had a friend named Joe Stinks. Couldn't stand it, got teased, all of that.

So he changed his name to John.

:>)

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Sorcha
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:18 PM

My dad's nick name for me was Cockroach because I skittered all the time!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Banjer
Date: 11 May 02 - 10:27 PM

I get called for so often at work to solve other shop problems I have threatened to change my name so no one can call me. I have even threatened to not let ME know my new name so's I can't tell anyone else what it is for them to use to call me again!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 May 02 - 05:29 AM

Chinese children get named when they reach their first birthday. I suppose they reckon that if the child is still there at 1, it stands a fair chance of surviving further.

I have a whole page of wierd names I've picked up in the course of my Genealogy studies. It's the ones that marry into names I feel sorry for, you'd think they'd notice? Like the girlfriend of the guitarist Graham Edge. She was called Sue. She would never marry him because that would make her Sue Edge.

Some of my favourites from my collection:~

Eli Pester and his wife Hester

Tirzah Fever

Amaziah Payne and his wife Jane

Joel Rocket

Arabella Gerina Bachatina Megal Govin - and this is in rural Dorset!

Parthena Staple

Christian Gibbons (and just who converted them?)

Unity Abbot

Francis Goforth, priest

Hipolett Mockett

Speaze Tizzard and my all time favourite,

Erasmus Cox

(yes, they are all real names, mostly 19th Century)

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Peg
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:19 AM

there is a tombstone in a little cemetery in rural Vermont which honors WONDERFUL COLBY, who lived to a ripe old age.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: CapriUni
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:01 AM

When one of my highschool classmates was born, her parents asked her then (toddler or pre-school-aged, I forget) older sister for a name.

The name the sister chose was: Sunshine.

And it fit, too.

Which leads to a question: How much influence does a name have on your personallity?


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: DMcG
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:11 AM

CapriUni: I don't know about the effect on personality, but a change of name can certainly affect someones attitude to life. Someone I know had a bad stutter and, like most stutterers, found saying his own name one of the hardest things to do. [This is because you say your name when you meet new people, which is a comparatively stressful situation especially when a teenager as you are very concerned about the impression you make on others]

When he married, they took the wife's surname rather than his, jettisoned all that anguish and is far happier as a result.

A serious response to a light-hearted thread - sorry about that!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: tooligan
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:33 AM

When I was in a Folk club in Germany, an American guy did a floor spot for us. His name meant nothing in his home town I am sure, but we Brits found the name Randy Hoare quite amusing. Now I realise he is most likely still around and could be a 'catter, so I must add that we enjoyed his company and this was no disrespect. We were on an Royal Air Force base and I also remember Flying Officer Flucker causing a few smiles.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: CapriUni
Date: 12 May 02 - 12:34 PM

DMcG --

Don't appologize. Just consider your post "serious fun" ;-) I do.

I actually think your comments about attitude get to the heart of what I was aiming at. Our names are what people call us, and how they think of us, and therefore are often at the core of how we see ourselves. Our attitudes toward that self-image are what our personality grows out of.

Using my high school friend as an example, I often wonder if she was just naturally cheerful because every time she entered a room, people would say: "Hello, Sunshine!"

(either that, or she could have gotten defensive and grown into a grouch)

And to turn this into a quasi-music thread, here is a link to one of the most famous names in children's songs (at least, here in the States): JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: jimlad
Date: 12 May 02 - 01:02 PM

My late father-in-laws best mate was Percy Vere

I was at College with Lincoln Green

My chidhood sweetheart was Ann Reck

and I once worked with a guy whose surname was Sidebotham on answering the phone he pronounced it Siddybothame.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 12 May 02 - 01:24 PM

My aunt, deceased about five years ago at the age of maybe 95 or so, used to love to recite this little poem from her childhood:

Little Isaac Izenheimer
Thought he'd be a steeple-climber.
Climbed to the top of St. Peter's steeple
Then fell down and scared some people.
Broke the E-R off his name.
Wasn't that a measly shame?
His father rushed up just in time
To pick up little Isaac Izenheim!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: mack/misophist
Date: 12 May 02 - 03:00 PM

Boston's Old North Church is said to be the resting place of John Praisegod Smallbehinds. I always loved that one. Also knew a fellow with a fine old southern family name, Stroad Manley. Hard to live down or up to, either way.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: C-flat
Date: 12 May 02 - 04:49 PM

My younger brother is married to a lovely girl called Beverly. Unfortunately her maiden name was Hill. What made it worse is the fact that my brother happens to be a policeman, which makes him....Beverly Hills' Cop! Another funny name I come across every week at work is a customer called Nora Leyshone. I swear it's true!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,Bullfrog Jones (on the road)
Date: 12 May 02 - 05:07 PM

When I was at school (in Birmingham, England) there was a kid a couple of years below me called Sidney Gidney. A few years ago I was working as a radio producer and the DJ I was producing did a piece on funny names so I told him about poor Sidney and he mentioned it on air. A little later we had a phone call from a guy called Sidney Gidney, wanting to know if it was him I'd been at school with, and it wasn't --- he was ANOTHER Sidney Gidney!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Robin2
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:22 PM

OK, two more

I knew one woman whose last name was Mann, and she named her son MaMayne.

On a sad note, one girl went to school with my daughter. Her parents thought it fun to name her a name they pronounced as "Sha theid", but was spelled "Shithead".

There can be no limit to cruelty sometimes.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:28 PM

I went to school for years with this girl and we never noticed her name was funny because we hadn't reached the right age. Then one day, my friend Mike's dad heard her name and said,

Sharon Peters? What the hell is that? Some kind of bathroom game?"

After that of course..............

What kind of parent does that to a kid? Were they so naive about the name?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: MBSLynne
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:23 AM

I used to collect names from the births column in the local paper. (Obviously too much time on my hands in those days) My favourite was a couple whose surname was Trenchpole, who named their poor little baby son Albert Shipstone. And sorry, Spaw, but I don't get the Sharon Peters one. Am I naive too? My sister went to school with a Debbie Reynolds and a Gary Cooper and I used to work with Robin Hood!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 13 May 02 - 07:51 AM

I don't understand the Sharon Peters one either...

Maybe a UK/US thing...

Although it's too easy and borderline raist to laugh at names from other cultures because they sound strange in our own context - I have to mention the REAL name Sukdeep Chokhar

Cheers

Steven


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,Crazy Eddie
Date: 13 May 02 - 08:40 AM

There are no excuses for the parents of:
Miles Long
Ita Kidney

The parents of the following may have SOME excuse:
Richard Head
Christopher Cross
Bernadette Rabitt
It is just possible that they didn't anticipate the abbreviations; Dick, Chris, and Bunny, respectively.
BTW, all of the above are true.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: CapriUni
Date: 13 May 02 - 11:45 AM

I'm in the USA, and I don't get "Sharon Peters" either...

The closest thing I can think of is a link between "Sharon" and "Shower on" and "Peters" and "Pee", but the pronounciations are different enough to make the connection a really big streatch.

Maybe its a regional accent thing...

And talk about cruel names -- imagine hearing that you're No relation to your parents!

Ouch!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: jeffp
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:43 PM

Try viewing Sharon as Sharin' and see if that helps.

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: CapriUni
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:00 PM

Sharin'... okay... And is "peter" slang for something like male genitalia? (I think I may have heard that, but it's not a term I use, so I didn't catch it).


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: jeffp
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:09 PM

Now you've got it. High class it may not be, but remember where it came from originally. *G*

jeffp


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:42 PM

I used to go out with an Andrew Simon Smith.... he never put his monogram on his briefcase.

And the Bratling was very nearly Phoebe Olivia until I realised that would make her POD. I just pray she never changes her surname to anything beginning with T or S... her first two initials are PM.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:52 PM

well,

my own initials are JCS

Jesus Christ Superstar??

mr happy


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,DonD - where's my cookie?
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:28 PM

Professor Erneest Hooton of Harvard named his son Newton. I wonder if he's been calling himself N. Something Hooton all these years.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:31 PM

something='rootin', tootin' perhaps


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Penny S.
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:32 PM

My sisters were at school with Cherry Orchard and Pearl Button. Sometimes I think the French system of bureaucratic veto is an awfully good idea.

Penny


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: AliUK
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:41 PM

I used to go to school with a girl called Nicola Gotobed, and she was extremely prim and proper. I also had a mate called Peter Piper, then there was my mate Martin whose surname was Banks and his brother was a copper called Robin...I kid you not.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Sonnet
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:43 PM

When I taught in Sheffield, one of my pupils was Pat Pitter. Our class lists always had surnames first... Pat's friend was Hyacynth Green.

JMcS


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:50 PM

many years ago, i worked with a betty cash

and my sister had a man in her office called cec poole

these aren't jokes- they were real people


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:54 PM

A school friend of mine did go out with a Sue Edge

I have also come across a John Thomas.

To quote Woodehouse "there's some raw work pulled at the font"


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Snuffy
Date: 13 May 02 - 06:55 PM

Back in the 70s the staff in one of our Ipswich shops included Lawrence Thick and Christine Fogg, while Tony Looney was in Bury St Edmunds.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: artbrooks
Date: 13 May 02 - 08:29 PM

I knew a couple back during the first Tolkein craze who named their son Bilbo...one guess what he was called once he started school. I understand that he came home one day, aged about nine, and announced that "my name is now John". It stuck, too.

I had a friend named Larry Sargent, who was Sargeant Sargent when he was in the army.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,Bullfrog Jones (on the road)
Date: 25 May 02 - 11:27 AM

For much of last season the back three of the Charlton Athletic team read Fish, Costa, Fortune. I remember a Wolves game a few years back where their scorers (in order were Downing, Street, Bull.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: allanwill
Date: 25 May 02 - 11:58 AM

On Australian television back in the 70's, there was a fitness guru by the name of Michael Hunt. He was never introduced as Mike!

Allan


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 May 02 - 01:46 PM

My favorite honest-to-goodness name of an old friend of mine was Romer Klebesaddle. He was named for Sax Romer who wrote the Fu Man Chu books. He lived in my rooming house when I was in college. Norb Jaworsky lived there, too. I like the name of the author of a famous children's book, Wanda Gag. Well, do you?

Many years ago I was teaching a class of kids at the Newark Museum in New Jersey, and we got talking about cats. I had a brother and sister in the class and they said that they had cats. When I asked them the name of their cats, they were the same name as the brother and sister. I said, "Oh, isn't that nice... your parents named your cats after you..," and the kids answered, "Oh, no! We were named after our cats!" Honest! No, their names were not Fluffy and Pookums.

There was a family by the name of Katz in my home town.. ran the local junk yard. They named their kids Tom and Kitty, and thought that they were terminally cute. They were.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 25 May 02 - 02:05 PM

I met a woman working at a McDonalds who's name was "Barbara Jean Rabbitt" (Not Bernadette). She did go by "Bunny", however.

I knew a girl named "Rosa Mendoza" growing up.

I heard about a family with the last name Hogg, who named 2 of their kids "Ima" and "Ura".

My honey read in the Dogbert Newsletter about 2 girls who's Mothers decided to name them "Latrine" and "Ampersand"...because they "sounded pretty" (evidentally not caring about what the words meant).

The rest may or may not be urban legends, but they're funny.

I think my eldest sister told me about this one: Someone named their girl "Rhia". Their last name was "Dia". Which aint bad until you're in school and they call you last name first.

My honey heard a story about a man working at a DMV (where they get to see all sorts of names). He had to call the next person to his window, but he was very hesitant to say the name over the loudspeaker. Finally, he just went ahead and called out "Will Mr. Shithead Jones please come to window #(whatever)?"

When the gent shows up, he is obviously distressed, and says "That's pronounced Shathayed!!"


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 May 02 - 03:12 PM

I taught a little girl named Hilda Montezuma. I secretly kept singing, "From the Hilda Montezuma, to the shores of Tipoli." Another kid was named Zolton Horvath. :-)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,hilary, not logged in
Date: 25 May 02 - 06:19 PM

All true :

I was at college with John Wain. Knew a Mr & Mrs Holmes who named their son Sherlock (that's cruel) , & I live round the corner from John Thomas.

Years ago I saw a newspaper announcement of the forthcoming marriage of Miss Plant to Mr Pot.

Hilary :)


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Crane Driver
Date: 25 May 02 - 06:32 PM

I knew a Mr & Mrs Haddock who called their daughter Amber - good job it wasn't a boy, they might have called him Finnan ....

Andrew


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 May 02 - 07:06 PM

Hey jeff....Thanks for bailing me out on Sharon Peters. Sorry gang for the confusion but, uh..........like jeff said, consider the source.

I used to enter contests with addresses of my friends and hokey sexual names. Many of these were no more than ways to collect names for mailing lists. I have a friend (and he is still a friend believe it or not) who still gets loads of junk mail addressed to Hugh G. Rection.

I entered a parts store contest because our rep had left us about 50 entry forms....and naturally I used some for us and the rest for other folks using their addresses and the funky names. My rep knew me well and when the the president of his company drew the name for third place (Connie Lingus) he just said it was one of his customers. The pres never got the joke and made several references to "Connie."

Spaw--and please don't make me explain either of these


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: Eclipse
Date: 25 May 02 - 07:20 PM

I went to high school with Seea Sunshine Persons Christmas Snow and Micheal Jackson (whom I don't think was named after the star) -Eclipse


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,firínne
Date: 25 May 02 - 07:25 PM

A couple of years ago, in England, some woman gave birth to twin girls. When it came to the christening she wanted to call them Kate and Duplicate. The vicar refused to christen them.


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Subject: RE: BS: the funny business of names
From: GUEST,Hans
Date: 26 May 02 - 07:15 PM

Vat about Vilikins and his dinah?


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