June 25, 2007

Muhammad, Pampers Be Upon Him

When all spelling variations are taken into account, the second most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006 was Muhammad.

A mufti in a British mosque explains the name's global Islamic popularity as the equivalent of Jason for 30-somethings or Max for 5-somethings: “In Arab countries, the name Muhammad is said when you don’t know the name of someone."

That's great, but don't try that at home, kids! Especially if you live in a country so carefully attuned to racial insensitivities the white parents let their kids play with Golliwogs for a hundred years.

Muhammad is No 2 in boy's names [timesonline.co.uk]

2 Comments

“In Arab countries, the name Muhammad is said when you don’t know the name of someone."

So, it's kind of like "Smurf"?

Wayyy back in the day, when my friends and I were in our crazy teens, we'd entertain ourselves in crowds by yelling out a common name ("Hey, John!") and seeing how many people turned around to look. Not sure "Hey, Muhammad!" would go down quite as well these days.

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