Only in America…

Sorry folks, its time for the silly and offensive post! Many years ago, there was a Steve Bell carton, sometime around the Iran-Contra stuff I think, showing a panel of generals or stuff with names like “Peentangler” and the protagonist saying “the thing I really like about America is that you can succeed no matter how silly your name is!”. Which is actually a good idea, when you stop and think about it.

Why do I bring this up? Because (via Chris Mooney I discover that there is a senator called “Crapo”! Doesn’t “cr*p” mean the same in the US? Seems odd to me. While I’m on this, someone at work had a german colleague called “Fahrtleiter”, and if you wonder why thats funny try typing it into google and see what it suggets. And when I told my wife this, she mentioned that she has a C book at work by someone called “Bumgardner”, which is presumably a regrettable translation of “Baumgartner”. Which reminds me that my father had a colleague at the bank called Harry Baum, who rejoiced in the nickname “Hairy Bum”. Ah, english public school humour, we lead the world.