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Naming your children with things like water for good personalities

HK: Chinese people are really superstitious about how you name your child––so all the Chinese children have like, names that are made up of Chinese characters, right? And within those characters, there are characters that mean certain things. MW: What’s your name? HK: Well, let’s just say that basically my name has a lot of… Continue Reading »

Names

Main Piece: Interviewer: Can you tell me how your children get their names? Informant: Yes. Traditionally, in our Native ways, someone may change their name 2-4 times throughout the course of their life. Interviewer: You mean they would get nicknames? Informant: No, they would change their names. When they are born they may be given… Continue Reading »

Culinta (Cullies) and Ginkles (Ginks)

Conext: The following informant, T, is a 56 yr. old married mother of three. She comes from a large Italian family. She explains to me the alternative names she and her entire extended family use for vagina (culinta/cullie) and penis (ginkle/ginks). The informant also sings me a song she created when her daughter was a… Continue Reading »

Going Out the Road

Context: The informant (A) is a 19 year old college student who lives at the Jersey Shore in South New Jersey in the summer. He explains to me the colloquial term used in his town when a person is driving from the island on which they live to stores inland. The conversation came up during… Continue Reading »

La-a (pronounced “Ladasha”)

The informant told me about this joke when I asked him about some good jokes he had heard. Informant: “So this is a joke I’ve heard from many people, some of them have claimed it to be true. The joke goes: ‘I heard about this person named Ladasha, and her name is spelled La-a. So… Continue Reading »