…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Somewhat belated news from the land of applied Marxism to which no Leftist wants to go, but would dearly love to bring here: The dictator Kim Jong-un apparently decreed that nobody in North Korea can be called Un. Or is it Jong-un? Or Kim? The whole shadoogle? According to the BBC’s expert Charles Scanlon having the same name as the ruler was banned in the ancient dynasties of China and its Confucian neighbours. So there! Superior Asian tradition, almost proletarian, as our academics will undoubtedly explain to the racist, redneck, misogynist masses soon.
David Letterman – “You know who they haven’t seen in a while, Kim Jung Un, evil dictator of North Korea. They haven’t seen him in, like, six weeks. He’s probably spending more time executing his family.”
I think it is only funny if you are sitting comfortably in a TV studio, surrounded by bodyguards. In North Korea, it is probably safer not to have any children at all, for what do you do if the next dictator is called Minjoon?
The directive, saying that no newborn could be given the name, and those who already had it should amend their birth certificates, is apparently three years old, and, apparently, only now has been made public. How has it worked so far? A midnight knock on the hut? Comrade, change your name voluntarily now or … the truck is waiting.
I wouldn’t be called dead ‘un, and I guess many South Koreans too. Further I promise if I have another son I will definitely NOT name him Un, Kim or Jong.
For the duffer-in-chief, the imperial amnesties dispenser, comrade Barack Hussein Obama it means more sleepless nights, more problems – is he to follow the Marxist tradition, or the Muslim one? For on the other side of the world and in other cultures (if ‘culture’ is not Politically Incorrect Expression) Mohamed in his various spellings is going strong and getting stronger.
Mark Steyn :
“What’s the most popular baby boy’s name in Belgium? Mohammed. In Amsterdam? Mohammed. In Malmo, Sweden? Mohammed. By 2005, it was the fifth most popular baby boy’s name in the United Kingdom. Yet most Europeans weren’t even aware of the dominant demographic trend until 9/11…
Fifth place in 2005, eh? This year, Mohammed is Number One:
Mohammad and Sophia most popular baby names of 2014
Arabic names and 1970s names on the rise while the royals prove out of favour.
Victoria Ward reports on the survey by Babycentre:
Its list of the top 100 baby names for 2014 reveals an “enormous” surge in Arabic names.
Maryam* is the biggest riser for girls, jumping 59 places to number 35, Nur is a new entry at number 29, while Omar, Ali, and Ibrahim are all new to the boys’ top 100.
Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre, said: “Traditionally, Muhammad is often the name given to the first-born boy in Muslim families.
“With the increase of other Arabic names plus Aarav, an Indian boys’ name, the top 100 shows the ever-increasing diversity of the UK today.”
If you say so. I’d say it portends an ever increasing lack of diversity. For a start, Mohammed, Omar, Ali and Ibrahim are not really “Arabic names” – in the sense that the majority of babies in the United Kingdom so christened (if you’ll forgive the expression) are not ethnic Arabs. British “Mohammeds” and “Omars” and “Alis” and “Ibrahims” are ethnically Pakistani and Bangladeshi and Somali: only a small minority of them are Arabs.
So these are not Arabic names, so much as Muslim names. How do Arabic names come to be given to babies from south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa? Robert Spencer:
A few years I came across a group photo of a summit meeting of Southeast Asian government officials. The Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai, Burmese and Chinese officials all had names indigenous to their nations; the Malaysian and Indonesian ministers had names like Muhammad and Abdullah – names indigenous to Arabia. Converts to Islam the world over give up a bit of their cultural diversity to take on Arabic names, and in many cases feel compelled to adopt the dress of a seventh-century Arab. This is not diversity, it’s homogeneity.”
That much from Mark Steyn (full article The Chic of Araby here). I am not sure if it helps Obama in his deliberations. If it is too hard, he will postpone his decision. On the other hand, maybe the decision was made long time ago, on his accession to power (as Kim Jong Un’s) and is quietly enforced by his right hand hoons, Internal Revenue Service.
*/ Maryam, a.k.a Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the only female mentioned by name in Koran. Misogyny, Julia?