Thursday, May 25, 2006

conversation in a taxi

"People nowadays give ridiculous names to their children. Why can't they stick with nice, sensible, Old-Testament names?"
"Yeah--like Nebuchadnezzar."
"Or Cain."
"Or Habbakuk."
"Who on earth is Habbakuk?"
"I'm pretty sure he's, like, a prophet, or something."
"Wow, you're, like, a biblical scholar, or something."
"Come on, girls, be serious. What about Samuel?"
"That would be perfect if you had twins."
"Twins?"
"Yeah. You could call them First Samuel and Second Samuel."
"You can't name your kids after books of the bible."
"Why not? You said you wanted Old Testament names. How much more Old Testament do you get than that?"
"Well, there's Genesis..."
"True. You could go in order. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua...actually Joshua's a nice name."
"Wait, you know the books of the bible in order?"
"I'm, like, a biblical scholar, or something, remember?"
"You girls aren't helping at all."
"Sorry, yes. Baby names. Biblical....Well, for girls there's always Jezebel."
"Or Delilah."
"Or, hey--Rachel!"
"Oh, now you're just being silly."
"Sorry."

3 comments:

Buck Daruma said...

Now that I'm here I feel I should reply to this too, but all I can think of is the poor girl who inherited thte name depressedcupboradcheesecake from her parents. I suppose it could have been worse. There's cheesecake in there.

...I just thought of something to add to that, but this is already going downhill. I shouldn't.

Shon Richards said...

There's always Abel and Cain.

Rachel said...

There is actually a child named Cain somewhere in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11418974/Toddler-3-used-lollipop-lady-to-find-his-way-home.html