Posted by: cochinblogger | January 28, 2011

Marvelous Manners

Choosing names can be a tricky business as anyone who has had to name a baby will agree. But “Excellent Hair Cutting Saloon”? This is nothing but a lack of imagination.

This studio owner, on the other hand, is on to something; the ghost of a pun makes the name memorable. And the dentist next to the studio has gone one better in the punning game: He has the included the catch phrase “Brush away your cares!”

Now, this looks plain wrong. Gents and beauty? Forget about the old-fashioned, if not archaic, word gents; surely there has to be something better than beauty? But, no, handsomeness does not cut it. Perhaps there’s no way out? Perhaps it’s even OK, though I’d be tempted to substitute grooming for beauty. No, that doesn’t sound right either.

This is a good time to go back to the starting point: this business of naming babies. Indian names are usually meaningful, either the names of deities or positive words like happiness, hope, blessing, etc., from classical languages like Sanskrit. But is this the case elsewhere in the world?

Jews in Europe in the 19th century were ordered by government fiat to adopt surnames. And that is why we have artificial surnames like Einstein (one stone), Weinstein (wine stone), Greenfeld (green field), Brownfeld (brown field), etc.

I will give the last word to a doctor who had dinner with us recently. He works for a hospital that attracts patients from all parts of the country, and he told us he sees patients with some truly bizarre names. The “best” one he has come across to date: “Marvelous Manners.”

That’s right: “Marvelous Manners.”

I forgot to ask the good doctor if the patient lived up to his name. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. The fanciest name Ive come across is of a guy called ‘Sansui Angel Thomas’…..which of his names could he live upto!?… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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