Sunday, September 6, 2009

Entry: Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116

It seems I'm not as good as getting this blog back to its former prolific state as I had hoped; not through lack of material. I'm getting really interesting links from people, which is awesome! Thanks, link senders!

Case in point: the awesome See ASea sent me today's article, about young Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, a lad who has turned into a bit of an urban legend. I've heard this story brought up as an anecdote before-- "Did you know there was some lady who named her kid a string of random numbers and letters that's pronounced 'Steve'?"-- but this is the real deal.

It happened in Sweden in 1991. Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding initially intended to not name their son anything, in protest of a law that disallowed names that would be considered offensive, unsuitable, or "can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it." However, since they had not given their son a name by his fifth birthday and faced a fine from the court, they attempted to name him Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced "Albin"), "claiming that it was 'a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation.' The parents suggested the name be understood in the spirit of 'pataphysics. The court rejected the name and upheld the fine." I have to say, though, that rejecting that name on the last term given in the law is pretty reasonable; asking a first grader to write Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 on the top of his worksheet is pretty cruel. Hell, I can't even be bothered to type it out, I've been copypasting this whole time.

They then attempted to name their child A, also pronounced "Albin," but apparently in Sweden there is a law against one-letter names. That's kinda lame. So they gave up and named their kid Albin.

To be honest, I find naming your kid Brfxx... to be more palatable than some of the ridiculous spellings that American parents come up with for common names in a halfhearted stab at originality. But then again I'm not a parent, so What Do I Know. And besides, using a kid's name to make a statement about a law that sucks in theory but relative to other laws probably doesn't matter that much? Swedes, you are awesome. You only trail Iceland in terms of awesomeness.


Ren Zenderton said...

I have a theory about names that have "new" spellings:

It messes folks up.

I think it comes from growing up surrounded by people who think you're an idiot for spelling your own name incorrectly.

"No, not Jane, it's Jayinne."

Try it, next time you meet someone, spell you own name "wrong" to them, and see if they think you're just making things up, and if you're wrong/lying about the spelling of your NAME, what else will you do "differently?"

Masha said...

Heeheehee. It took me a while to realize this was not a joke. I am filled with glee.

Anonymous said...

I love legends because they always activate my mind! I remember my father used to tell me anecdotes of his related to legends! It was scary. I guess someday there will be a legend of generic viagra

springer said...

I was heard one story similar about a girl who named her kid kamagra, and I said, WTF???? is that a name???