Friday, August 21, 2009

The Conversation on Black Names Continue…

by today's Urban Chameleon contributor

A friend of mine came over the other day and said to me, “Girl, Black names are off the hook these days!”

Well we’ve known that. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve met Black children named after a car, a bottle of alcohol or an exotic bag of weed and struggled not to bust out laughing in their face. But she caught me off guard when she asked me how I thought the name “La-a” was pronounced.

I responded, “LA AH?”

“No girl, Ladasha!”

You mean to tell me someone has used a hyphen, excuse me a “dash” as part of the pronunciation of their name?! Oh no.

So you know we had to keep it going coming up with the most ridiculous pronunciations using other punctuation marks

/ia - Oh this would be pronounced “Backspacia”

J' - pronounced "Japostrophe"

:’ - pronounced "Col√≥n"

...a - pronounced "Ellipsa"


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Please contribute to the madness and let us know the most outrageous name you’ve come across (or maybe your own name is uuuhm... unique) Please share.

P.S. If anyone else also read about the name La-a please let us know so we can reference the source.


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3 comments:

  1. I haven't found La-a with a hyphen, but I did find it with an apostrophe (La'a) and it's origin is Tongan

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  2. yea but is it pronounced "LapostropheA" 'cause that's the point of the story here using the punctuation as a part of the pronunciation of the name...

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  3. Apparently there is a kid named Japostrophe in my friend's classroom in the Bronx.

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