Tuesday, 28 July 2009

what's in a name?




How much thought do people put into the names they choose for their products, their businesses or their children?

Sometimes I wonder.

I got myself in a lot of trouble once by going on a rave about the Afrikaans habit giving children surnames as first names.

"How can they do that?" I asked. "Its just awful. I mean, can you imagine looking at your baby and saying 'I think I'll call this child Poggenpoel'!"

The man I was speaking to, a Mr Lingenvelder, glared as he replied:

"My son's name is Steggmann" (with the gg prounounced like the sound of a throat being cleared)

Well yes... my point exactly!

(and while I'm on a roll... why don't business design posters that fit their frames?)

2 comments:

Meri said...

My kids definitely have to see this image. They'll roll with laughter, no butts about it.

Lali Fufu said...

Just be glad you have a "proper" name. Not Langevelde or Neethling! :)

Butsoft toilet rolls! Classic!!! Guess that must mean it's 2 ply