Mighty Red Pen

July 24, 2008


Filed under: Pop culture,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:24 pm
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You’ve heard about Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii, right? This is the 9-year-old girl who was made a ward of the court in New Zealand so that a judge could authorize changing her name to something that wouldn’t embarrass her so much. According to the BBC:

“The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child’s parents have shown in choosing this name,” Judge Murfitt wrote.

“It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.”

Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii’s name has now been changed and the custody case resolved, court officials said.

New Zealand does not allow names that would cause offence or that are longer than 100 characters, Registrar-General Brian Clarke said.

It’s intriguing to consider some names that New Zealand considers acceptable:

Violence; Number 16 Bus Shelter; Midnight Chardonnay; Benson and Hedges (twins)

And some that have been deemed unacceptable:

Yeah Detroit; Stallion; Twisty Poi; Keenan Got Lucy; Sex Fruit; Fat Boy; Cinderella Beauty Blossom; Fish and Chips (twins) 

Read the entire BBC article. Be sure to check out the comments because they invited readers to contribute their own bad baby name stories.



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