What’s in @ name? Chinese watchdog queries parents’ choice

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A Chinese couple who wanted a distinctive name for their baby boy and came up with the symbol @ have earned a rebuke from the government’s language watchdog.
The parents claimed the commonly used email symbol, pronounced in English as ‘at’, sounded like the Mandarin for ‘love him’ when spoken by Chinese.

But the government’s state language commission has taken a dim view of the attempt to break the mould in a country where almost 90% of the country’s 1.3 billion people share just 129 surnames.”

Full article in The Guardian

I like this story but the parents have ignored an important issue. What’s his email address going to be?
Especially if he gets his own domain…

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One comment on “What’s in @ name? Chinese watchdog queries parents’ choice

  1. Qin says:

    Because it “sounded like the Mandarin for ‘love him’ when spoken by Chinese” ???Ridiculous… cant believe how come the parents would like to embarass their child with a name like that…

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