call me crazy, but I do not "get" why people saddle their children with off-the-wall names. This tag/identifier is what a person carries with them through life. i think it would be sad if i had to change my name at 17 because my parents decided to name me Pineapple Helicopter on a whim.
The other thing I don't understand is why people take a more mainstream name and change the spelling around. I could understand if it were already a family name. At last count, we have 17 nieces and nephews, and i have trouble spelling more than 1/2 of their names correctly.
what used to be a letter "a" is now "ay" or "ei", "f" has been replaced by "ph", "h" is thrown in anywhere for the hell of it and all bets are off for "y", "i", "e" and "o" when the last consonant ends with "n". And god forbid if you misspell Ghryphyhn as Griffin on a birthday card....
: off soapbox
Thanks, but it is Pineapple Helicopter, if you don't mind...
you may be surprised to know that BFJ's real name is james. middle name jacub. apparently pineapple helicopter was taken along with all the crunchy hippie names so I get named after my grandfather whom, after spending god only knows how long on a rat infested boat crossing the atlantic is then subjected to a spelling test. in english. which he didn't speak so good. so, I get jacub with a 'u'. up until my grandfather passed away everyone assumed his name was jacub. well, surprise, his name was really filip. another failed spelling test, not the fancy pants richie-rich cracked out uber-unique spelling game.