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Postby stomperrob » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:29 pm

Chinese Couple Tries to Name Baby '@'
Chinese Couple Tries To Name Baby With The 'At' Symbol, Causing Official Consternation

BEIJING, August 16, 2007 - A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive name for their child settled on the e-mail 'at' symbol - annoying government officials grappling with an influx of unorthodox names.

The unidentified couple were cited Thursday by a government official as an example of citizens bringing bizarre names into the Chinese language.

Written Chinese does not use an alphabet but is comprised of characters, sometimes making it difficult to develop words for new or foreign objects and ideas. As of last year, only 129 names accounted for 87 percent of all surnames in China, Li said.

The letters 'a' and 't' can be pronounced in a way that sounds like the phrase "love him" in Chinese.

The father "said 'the whole world uses it to write e-mails and, translated into Chinese, it means 'love him,"' Li Yuming, vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference.

Li did not say if police, who are the arbiters of names because they issue identity cards, rejected baby 'at.'

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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:52 pm

Sucks for the kid if the police let them name the kid that....
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Re: Parent want to name baby @

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:58 pm

I say execute them...











Hey, it is China, isn't it. ;-7 :-B
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby sox 06 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:29 pm

This kid is already doomed if his parents want to name him "@"
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby beanoX3 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:36 pm

sox 06 wrote:This kid is already doomed if his parents want to name him "@"

Eh, only if the family moves to the States. :-b

In China, he'll only have to worry about the secret police busting down his door and dragging him off to a labor camp. They'll say his name is western pornography or something.
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby fezzik » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:28 pm

There's a woman who lives by me named "At", which would be phonetically identical...so maybe it would only be really weird there if she had to write her name. :-?

Then again the At I know is phillipino...not chinese...weird either way? Yeah...weird either way. ;-D
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Re: Parent want to name baby

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:32 pm

Yeah, the article makes it sound as though the pronunciation of the name wouldn't be all that odd. I think its the symbol that's in question. :-?
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby SniperShot » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:32 pm

That would look sweet on a drivers license.
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:48 pm

SniperShot wrote:That would look sweet on a drivers license.


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Yeah, it does. :-b
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Re: Parent want to name baby "@"

Postby APAP » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:45 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:
SniperShot wrote:That would look sweet on a drivers license.


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Yeah, it does. :-b


hahaha :-b
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