Teaching in a poor county with a lot of illiteracy and semi-literacy, I have been shocked and amused by the names of some of my students. What self-respecting parent would name her daughter Pandora, I thought? But then came Telephany, spelled t-e-l-e-p-h-o-n-e.
When I asked "phe-molly" who she was named for, she said "they named me at the hospital." Her name was spelled f-e-m-a-l-e.
Then there were the twins, Regina and Vagina.
My daughter, a fifth grade teacher in Florida, claims to know of students named Tequila, Sangria, Lasagna, and Diarrhea.
A colleague claims he knows a child named "Sha-th-ead," spelled "s-h-i-t-h-e-a-d." Naming your child that constitutes child abuse!