Friday, August 17th, 2007 at 4:40 pm in Babies & Tots.
If a Chinese couple gets their wish, they plan to name their baby “@.” That’s right, the same symbol used in e-mail addresses. Is it a boy’s name or a girl’s? Good question. The father will say only that the letters ‘a’ and ‘t’ can be pronounced to sound like “love him” in Chinese, so we’re suspecting it’s a boy. (And if it’s a girl, hire the child a psychologist now.)
There is some hope for the child. Police issue identity cards in China, so it’s possible officials have rejected the unorthodox name. If not, one day that poor child may be signing up for an e-mail account that reads @@internetprovider.com.
— Ann Tatko-Peterson