A celebration for “Hussein”

7 03 2008

HolidaysToday is the widely (and by widely I mean not at all) celebrated Middle Name Pride Day, a day for all those embarrassing and obscure names people hide between the guise of a single letter. Whether it be George W. Bush, Michael J. Fox, or Susan B. Anthony, many popular figures decide to use their middle name publicly, but not the entire thing. It may make the name more memorable, but it certainly shows no pride in the middle name.

Supposedly, middle names were originally used in Germany during the 1400s as a status symbol for nobility. In the U.S. they became popular several hundred years ago as a way of passing on the mother’s maiden name in addition the the father’s surname. Today, however, they seem to be of little relevance more than a way of distinguishing between the ever-increasing number of people with the same first and last names. Because of this, parents have also decided to give their children ever-increasingly odd middle names that children are more than content to keep hidden for eternity.

So today we celebrate those names we wouldn’t wish upon anyone, among them names like President Warren Gamaliel Bancroft Winnipeg Harding, President Richard Milhous Nixon, Harry S Truman (Yes, his middle name is the letter S), basketball player Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright, and of course Barack Hussein Obama (His name is Hussein; therefore, he must be a terrorist!). Then there are the names that should be burned alive ASAP: Filbert, Jebediah, Eugene, Winifred, Fanny, Abner, Egmont, and Hildegard to name a few. Those unfortunate souls…