Saturday, August 30, 2008

Getting a Bad Name

As someone who will soon have to name a baby, I took interest in the children's names of new vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

She has five kids, including Track and Trig.

I've determined that you can earn respect for any name — no matter how unusual — as long as it's short for something else. That gives it legitimacy. So I was hoping those names were short for Trachadarius and Trigonometry.

Sadly, it looks like they aren't.

This is the New York Times' Maureen Dowd's explanation of the names:
Track (named after high school track meets), Bristol (after Bristol Bay where they did commercial fishing), Willow (after a community in Alaska), Piper (just a cool name) and Trig (Norse for “strength.”)