What’s in a Name?

akbar_zeb.jpgWe often make fun of peoples’ names.  And there’s a good reason why we do that.  It’s funny.  Growing up in Southwest Michigan, all of us knew a Dick Shrivels in Coldwater (Coldwater being a town over near Battle Creek, of course, not the punchline in an infantile joke).

Sometimes the simple act of repeating a person’s name over and over can have the same effect.  My brothers once heckled Manny Ramirez for an entire game, chanting his name rhythmically everytime he took the field.  It got to the point that he actually looked up into the stands and asked them to stop.  Even Manny didn’t like hearing his name at a certain point.

But what happens when your name gets in the way of your ability to do your job?  Unfortunately, this is exactly the problem faced by Akbar Zeb, an elder statesman in the Pakistani diplomat corps.  Mr. Zeb has been a distinguished member of the foreign service for decades now but has been rejected from serving several places in the Middle East.  The issue?  Well, here’s how one headline explained it:

Saudis Reject Pakistani Diplomat Whose Name Translates to ‘Biggest Dick’“.

Yeah, I guess that might do it.  And when you’re job is to work “with some of the largest members of world governments (sic),” you can see how a name might get in the way.  Poor Akbar.  Hopefully one of these days he can find a place where he’ll just, uh, fit in




  1. bklyntrolleyblogger

    That’s pretty stiff resistance by the Saudis. Guess they put a wrap on that bad boy. Perhaps he should go home and take a cold shower after feeling unsatisfied about not being able to perform his assigned function. That would make anyone feel blue.

  2. raysrenegade

    I guess the guy we always teased and called named Faison Butz is going to be safe for the rest of his life.
    Ahhh, the good old days where Prince Albert was stuck in a can, and everyone refridgerator was running marathons.
    Reminds me again of the days we used to have a bit of fun with Peter Kuntz and told him he would be a perfect sex counselor…. Ahhh the glory days of rip-roaring adolescent fun……I miss those days.

    Rays Renegade


  3. angelsgirl012

    I got teased (and some people STILL continue to snicker or lightly joke about my name.. yeah as if I haven’t heard everything before. I have been living more than a decade ya know?) heavily for my very Korean name. People can be so cruel… they don’t even realize how stupid it is. It only hurts peoples’ feelings YET it also makes them stronger.

    With that being said,

    That truly is sad 😦 And fascinating! I want to know the history behind his ancestors. Where did THAT name come from?! Goodness!!! >.<

  4. rrrt

    Reminds me of the character from one of the old Monty Python movies, a Roman guy named “Biggus Dickus”.
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