Unfortunate names (was Scunthorpe)

Margaret Ball margaret at onr.com
Tue Apr 29 12:14:56 EDT 2003

My major professor in grad school claimed that his first Vietnamese 
student had an _extremely_ unfortunate name for anybody entering an 
English-speaking university. On the first day of registration, he said, 
he called the boy in and went through a long rigmarole about respecting 
other people's cultures and languages but gently pointed out that some 
Texas students were not all that enlightened and he might want to choose 
a different name to use while he was living here. Whereupon the student 
looked up brightly and said, "Oh, that's all right, Professor DeCamp. My 
name isn't Ph'uc, it's Ph^uc!"

Margaret Ball

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