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Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

My brother posted this on another forum and i just thought it was worth sharing, it certainly put a smile on my face

"Real names and their positions of some of our Zimbabwean colleagues: Happy, Accountant; Talent, Assistant Engineer; Wonderful, Food Security Officer; Trust, Driver. Dim, Driver; Addmore, base accountant; Lovemore, Food Security Officer; Noxious, Security Guard"

Another friend came across "eggs" and "pencil jam" whilst living in Zambia.
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Old 08.10.2010, 12:32
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I have met an "Ambulance" in Swaziland.
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Old 08.10.2010, 12:36
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

Ha ha, can you imagine? I thought celebs naming their kids Apple, etc was odd. But hey, the world is vast and full of many different traditions..who are we to judge?
I wonder if your name changes who you are growing up? What would be the difference from someone being called Pencil versus Bob? lol
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Old 08.10.2010, 12:38
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

It's the Tom, Dick and Harry's that shock me. Wait, maybe I've gotten the order and spelling wrong
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My brother posted this on another forum and i just thought it was worth sharing, it certainly put a smile on my face

"Real names and their positions of some of our Zimbabwean colleagues: Happy, Accountant; Talent, Assistant Engineer; Wonderful, Food Security Officer; Trust, Driver. Dim, Driver; Addmore, base accountant; Lovemore, Food Security Officer; Noxious, Security Guard"

Another friend came across "eggs" and "pencil jam" whilst living in Zambia.
Many of these names are translated from a local language or dialect where the local version is far more common and accepted. Along the lines of Estelle (or Ester) meaning star. You probably wouldn't think twice about calling somebody Ester but calling them Star?
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

Ther's a guy on English TV that is a news reporter. I'm sure it was unintentional, but his parents named him Christopher Peacock. He's often introduced as Chris Peacock or as it sounds "Crispycock"
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Many of these names are translated from a local language or dialect where the local version is far more common and accepted. Along the lines of Estelle (or Ester) meaning star. You probably wouldn't think twice about calling somebody Ester but calling them Star?
This is very true. I actually like Pencil Jam, has a certain ring to it. And of course Addmore the Accountant is perfect!
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Ther's a guy on English TV that is a news reporter. I'm sure it was unintentional, but his parents named him Christopher Peacock. He's often introduced as Chris Peacock or as it sounds "Crispycock"
Love it!
I actually met "God" in a bar in San Francisco many years ago, and let me tell you, he drinks, smokes, and swears like a trouper!
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Ther's a guy on English TV that is a news reporter. I'm sure it was unintentional, but his parents named him Christopher Peacock. He's often introduced as Chris Peacock or as it sounds "Crispycock"
Hahaha.

I was working in a Call Center managing Dialler Systems in the UK and almost everyday our call center agents find funny names of an actual customer.

The funniest one i saw in our Database is "Mr Shitah". I cant remember his actual name though.
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

When I was in China...I met "Warrior Jordan Chen".
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

it was explained to me that...in south africa it is a tradition to have a christian name as well as a indigenous name - so my co-worker was Tebogo Precious Mashego - pre 94 you never heard there indigenous names, and i called her Precious, then after 94 she became Tebogo - it took a while to get to know all the co-workers names!

the christian names are usually an expression of feeling or hope of what this person will become - that's why happy, talent, addmore, precious etc are so popular...
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

Name meanings are often interesting to me, because of my hobbies, I tend to look at names fairly often and from a variety of sources and origins.

This site is interesting, it gives a lot of names along with their meanings. Some make some sense, some a bit less in the modern world.

For example, for the name Olivia, the meaning given is "elf army"... Elves? Really? Perfect for my hobbies but odd in a "modern" (non-fantasy) aspect.

Some names you can imagine the hopes and dreams of the parents when selecting it, such as Amrit (meaning immortal) while Amos leaves me a bit bewildered... why would a parent want to imagine their child being / grow up to be encumbered or burdened?
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For example, for the name Olivia, the meaning given is "elf army"... Elves? Really? Perfect for my hobbies but odd in a "modern" (non-fantasy) aspect.
Having had a brief look through that site (starting with the meaning of Olivia you provide here), I would suggest taking quite a lot of it with a hefty pinch of salt.

Is it a wiki, or are the writers just mad?
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

And of course there is the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Johnathan, who also looks like an old blues player
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In short NO!
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Re: Ever thought of naming your child Pencil Jam?

When I was working back in the UK, I had a client who's name was Fanny Tickler
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