The Electric Commentary

Friday, July 22, 2005

Worst. Name. Ever.

This poor man. At least he's a professional athlete though. Think about how bad it would be if he was a janitor.

He is discussed in Al and Vivek's first Scramble for the Ball column of the season, at Football Outsiders. Today they cover the AFC West and the NFC West.


  • I've read a bit about unique names (a subject I'm interested in because I have what might be the most common name in the United States). A quite high percentage of African Americans are given a first name that not a single other person in the United States has. I hope Craphonso is one of them.

    By Blogger MDS, at 9:19 AM  

  • I couldn't agree more. Have you read the now-ubiquitous Freakonomics? There's a big section on names in there.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:11 AM  

  • My cousin is a elemntary school teacher who has had students with some way more unfortunate names. Like the two brothers named Orangejello and Lemonjello (pronouced Or-an-gel-o and Lem-an-gel-o). But nothing will ever top poor Shithead (prounouced Shi-theed)... poor bastard.

    By Blogger Unreasonable Man, at 10:56 AM  

  • Do you think he pronounces the ph like an f (i.e. cra-fon-so) or do you think both letters are articulated separately (i.e. crap-hon-so)?

    By Blogger dhodge, at 12:46 PM  

  • I have read the stuff in Freakonomics about names. What's interesting is that it seems that kids with black-sounding names do worse in life than kids without black-sounding names, but that tends to be because the parents who give their kids those names are in a bad place in life, not because the kids are discriminated against based on their names.

    I once heard of a pair of identical twins named Shawn and Sean. But Sean was pronounced like "seen." So when people would say hello to Sean and pronounce it "Shawn," he didn't know if they were confusing him with his brother or if they didn't know how to pronounce his name.

    By Blogger MDS, at 2:46 PM  

  • "A quite high percentage of African Americans are given a first name that not a single other person in the United States has."

    That's interesting. I think that it comes from a phenomenon that was popular in the 70s (maybe a bit earlier) of black parents trying to mutate their children's names into something unique as a means of establishing an identity. There was definitely a high degree of creativity taken when coming up with many of these names.

    Though my parents had the same idea, they took the safe route. Perhaps I should thank them?

    By Anonymous Rashid Muhammad, at 4:57 PM  

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