Wednesday, August 06, 2008


I know that it seems obvious, but there are real benefits to naming your child. Even if the name is "Filipina," "Lemonjello" (le-MON-juh-lo), or "David" (DAY vid), there is still benefit to be had. For instance, this sentence will never be written about your child: "Chicago Police shot and killed an unnamed man late last night in a shoot-out in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city's South Side."

What will they put on his tombstone? What did his friends call him? Did the lack of a name preclude him from having friends? Were people just not comfortable being friends with "You know. That suspicious guy from the South Side"?

Thanks to Chicagoist for alerting us to the lack of a name for this man.


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