What’s in a name?

July 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm 11 comments

There have been times when you meet people who have the most out of the box names. Some of them are difficult to pronounce like Eyjafjallajökull, a few are intriguing like Eureka & Anastasia,   and some are simply hilarious, like this one;

 Smarty Sharma 🙂 🙂

I had gone for a conference and this gentleman comes up to me, extends his hand and says ‘Hi, I am Smarty,’

Taken aback and not realizing that it was his name, I hastily replied excuse me?

He flashed a big grin and repeated, ‘The name is Smarty…Smarty Sharma (a la James Bond style), here’s my business card’, while he carried on with the conversation, I almost succumbed to my laughter…

But like Shakespeare said, ‘What’s in a name?’

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prateek  |  July 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Have you read the novel Catch-22? If not then the next time we meet, I will get it for you.
    There is a guy in it whose name is Major Major Major and during the war he is also promoted to the rank of Major.
    A samosa wala near my college was named, Dukhi Ram ke Samose aur Jalebi.
    There was a guy in my class in school called Sweet Singh.
    I will note down others as they come to mind.

    There are a few funny names in Monty Python’s movie “The Life of Brian” and in all Marx Brother’s movies, Groucho Marx always has the most imaginative names. Remind me to burn a CD of these movies.

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  • 2. Karan Agrawal  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah rite, what’s in the name? I had an Icelandic client earlier, OMG what names! Here are few:

    Gylfi Sigfusson,
    Adalsteinn Gudjonsson,
    Agla Huld Thorarinsdottir.
    Every name so complex… and difficult to pronounce correctly!

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    • 3. delhizen  |  July 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      Woh! these are diff ones.. how did u manage?

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      • 4. Madhav / Harshad  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

        One more Example…

        Where in my company one one customer from Nigeria his name is Olubunumi Dare.

        “Olubunumi” 😮

      • 5. delhizen  |  July 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

        Dare…is even more interesting!

  • 6. ray of light  |  July 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    oh my god! hw did u not laugh , tel me tht!!

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    • 7. delhizen  |  July 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

      heights of professionalism you see 😉

      Reply
  • 8. Raju Bist  |  July 25, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Just the other day in office we were discussing the name ‘Anal’.
    Yes, there actually is such a name among Gujaratis.
    I had once met a VP of an IT firm and he had given me his card which said ‘Anal Mehta’.
    I had a tough time preventing myself from giggling… 🙂

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  • 9. Jaky Astik  |  July 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

    To not laugh at him, you were the Smarty.

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  • 10. Sapna  |  July 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    @Pal: How did you manage to not laugh at that?

    In my regular work day I come across all the Asian names like Li Li Li, Li Run, Lee Get

    The names in the comments are no less hilarious 😀

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  • 11. Madhav / Harshad  |  August 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Just only name but here in Gujarat there are some Funny Surname also like. Hathi(Elephant),Varu(Wolf),Vagh(Tiger) and many more.

    One more name “Bhailalbhai”

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