February 1, 2013

Area Man Says Baby Naming Is A First Amendment Right

As a Naming Freedom-loving American, I guess it's natural I find the BBC's half-hearted attempt to answer the question, "Why do some countries regulate baby names?" unpersuasive: " it's about meeting certain rules of grammar and gender, and saving the child from possible embarrassment."

But it's also dissatisfying that the only "expert" is a guy with the Bad Baby Names book to flog.

I mean, is it really so hard to find someone to call out the absurdity of imposing fundamental restrictions on entire populations just so that one more person out of 300 million isn't named Semicolon?

Who What Why? Why do some countries regulate baby names? [bbc]

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