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1,170 - Naming Children

January 4th, 2016

Episode 342 of 489 episodes

Are you named after anyone you know? Find out about choosing baby names in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 3:57 Fast dialog: 20:42 Celeste: So, here is my shortlist. Albert: A shortlist for what? Celeste: Baby names. Albert: We have months to decide. Don’t you think we should wait? Celeste: No, I want to be prepared. Here, take a look. See what you think. Albert: Ezekiel?! You want to name our child Ezekiel? He’ll be teased by every kid in school. Celeste: It’s a family name. I was trying to appease my parents. They’ve been suggesting a lot of family names. We could call him by a nickname, maybe “Zeke.” Albert: I’m not naming my child Ezekiel. His name would be Ezekiel Eckleman. That’s a mouthful. I also want to steer clear of alliterative names. I’ve never liked them. Celeste: Okay, are there any names you like on my list? Albert: Not Alan Phillip. That’s for sure. Celeste: Why not? I thought we’d name the baby after my grandfather. Alan is a nice first name and Phillip is a nice middle name. Albert: His initials would be “A.P.E.” – ape! He would never live that down. Celeste: How about “Mikol”? Albert: You mean an alternate spelling for “Michael”? People don’t know how to pronounce a name with an odd spelling. Celeste: Well, are there any names you do like? Albert: Albert Eckleman Junior has a nice ring to it. Celeste: As you say, we have months to decide. Let’s keep an open mind. Albert: Humph! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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