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Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name
AP ^ | 01/03/2013

Posted on 01/03/2013 3:01:18 AM PST by Einherjar

A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; blaer; girl; iceland; idhitit; lazwouldhitit; notguilty
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1 posted on 01/03/2013 3:01:25 AM PST by Einherjar
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To: Einherjar

Under Sharia Law Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wont be “on a list approved by the government” in this country...


2 posted on 01/03/2013 3:06:54 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Einherjar

Blaer left, mother right.
3 posted on 01/03/2013 3:14:34 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: Einherjar

How about Lakeisha or Shaquilla?


4 posted on 01/03/2013 3:29:39 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

You gotta throw an apostrophe or two in there I think.


5 posted on 01/03/2013 3:31:57 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32
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To: beaversmom

“How about Lakeisha or Shaquilla?”

Having worked in the “inner city” for most of my so called professional career, a recurring dream is that I am the principal of an all black high school and I will have to read the names of all the graduates. Make that a nightmare.


6 posted on 01/03/2013 3:36:13 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: beaversmom

How about Latrina ?


7 posted on 01/03/2013 3:42:06 AM PST by Frankss
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To: Artie

I tried to run a dozen similar name through spellcheck....it crashed the program.


8 posted on 01/03/2013 3:47:05 AM PST by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...)
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To: Einherjar

For the record, neither of them are guilty, even with little to no makeup. Also, they do seem to draw a “light breeze”.


9 posted on 01/03/2013 3:48:13 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Artie

I imagined being a teacher in such a school. On the first day of class, I would have each of the students recite their first name and would then Anglicize it (or convert it to whatever comes close to being an actual name). I would tell them this is their grown-up name that will get them through life, get them a real job and keep them out of prison. Of course, I’d be fired and accused of being racist for doing nothing more than trying to help improve the students. If we had teachers actually willing to do that, it would go a long way into rescuing a culture set adrift to the lowest common denominator.


10 posted on 01/03/2013 3:49:21 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Einherjar
This time, the panel turned it down on the grounds that the word Blaer takes a masculine article, despite the fact that it was used for a female character in a novel by Iceland's revered Nobel Prize-winning author Halldor Laxness.

Okay, so in this country, name Blaer is forbidden, but Halldor Laxness is hunky dory? Is everyone in Iceland named like characters in a murder mystery?
11 posted on 01/03/2013 3:51:01 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Einherjar

“Blaer was not on a list approved by the government”.

Can you imagine? So much control that you have to select a pre-approved name? As much as I chuckle at Latrina, Q’Landa and such.... parents have the right to pick their own child’s name. Sheesh.....


12 posted on 01/03/2013 3:52:21 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Frankss
How about Latrina

It's pretty.

13 posted on 01/03/2013 3:57:04 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Einherjar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5BdyIGtYcg

This girl's name is Sigrún. It means 'secret victory'. She's the band's clarinet player.

Nothing to do with this topic, except interesting names and Iceland.

14 posted on 01/03/2013 3:57:21 AM PST by real saxophonist (Amendment I: 'Congress shall make no law'... They should have just stopped there.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
You gotta throw an apostrophe or two in there I think.Ah man, I always forget that!
15 posted on 01/03/2013 3:58:22 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Einherjar
Related (kind of) savant Daniel Tammet learns Icelandic in a week. Love his Icelandic language teacher. She makes me laugh.

Savant Daniel Tammet learning Icelandic in a week

16 posted on 01/03/2013 4:05:17 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Artie
Having worked in the “inner city” for most of my so called professional career, a recurring dream is that I am the principal of an all black high school and I will have to read the names of all the graduates. Make that a nightmare.

Oh I can see that. I see and hear it at my kids' school. And we are just city...not inner city.

17 posted on 01/03/2013 4:07:07 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: real saxophonist
Okay, I don't know how you came across that, but that was pretty bad. Here are some Icelandic guys doing some better music:

Sigur Ros and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Colours

18 posted on 01/03/2013 4:12:54 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Einherjar

Imagine living in Iceland with all those ridiculous controls!


19 posted on 01/03/2013 4:14:12 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: real saxophonist

I’d hit it.


20 posted on 01/03/2013 4:19:58 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Minutemen

Ok True. But the question is... if half the women over there are ridiculously “not guilty” would I notice?.......LOL


21 posted on 01/03/2013 4:22:52 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: beaversmom

Heck, I work at a community college in the burbs, and it is really pathetic the number of mauled names the kids have these days. I’m not talking just the obviously ghetto list, but the number of kids with names that are simply spelled wrong from the norm. I mean you will see a name on a list, and assume it is a typo (Stefany, say), but it is not.

Now I understand that a community college is not exactly catering to the upper crust of society, but getting your kids name correct when they are born doesn’t seem like a particularly high hurdle.


22 posted on 01/03/2013 4:34:41 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: beaversmom

Better than laouthousa or lasheda.


23 posted on 01/03/2013 4:43:00 AM PST by Morris70
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To: palmer
Blaer left, mother right.

Thanks for that. Amazingly, and a huge compliment to the mother, it was NOT obvious!!!

24 posted on 01/03/2013 4:44:42 AM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: drbuzzard
I mean you will see a name on a list, and assume it is a typo (Stefany, say), but it is not.

I won't even tell you how a family member's common name is spelled, but it's along the Stefany line. Missing some characters.

25 posted on 01/03/2013 4:44:46 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; drbuzzard

Latin Americans use many names similar to names in English, but they spell them differently. I’ve had Stephany, Estefany, and Estefeni in my Sunday School classes in recent years.

We use “Steven” and “Stephen” for boys without comment, so there’s nothing sacrosanct about the “ph,” and why must there be an “a” in the feminine version when the masculine uses “e”?


26 posted on 01/03/2013 4:51:46 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: beaversmom

Shirley Q. Liquor. LOL


27 posted on 01/03/2013 5:05:26 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: palmer

Iceland is not the only European country to limit the names of newborns.


28 posted on 01/03/2013 5:08:38 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Tennessee Nana
For Icelanders it is about preserving their unique ancient culture and language, not so much about government "control" of the people. Related: they don't use English words for new things like computer or tissue. They have a committee that creates Icelandic language words for these new things.

Again, not about control of the people, it's about preserving their language and culture.

29 posted on 01/03/2013 5:10:28 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Frankss

My wife received an application from a woman whose first name was Clitoralyn


30 posted on 01/03/2013 5:12:01 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Einherjar
In her case, I would do— what I do. My legal name goes on really important stuff that involves government (or which government has rudely shoved its nose into, but that's another conversation). Everything else, including when I write checks, gets a slightly altered version, the way I want it.

So, being her, I would introduce myself to everybody by my preferred name, use it in written form everywhere I could get away with it, and spit my government-approved name with as much contempt as I could muster only when required by some bureaucrat (and then say, “but REAL people call me Blaer.”)

And dangit, if my Momma called me "Dog Poop" and the Government wanted to call me "Humilis Vectigal Generans" (look it up), I'd probably settle on "Skyway Thunderbolt" as a reasonable compromise, and use it as outlined above.

31 posted on 01/03/2013 5:16:39 AM PST by ExGeeEye (I'll give y'all 90 days for the wounds to heal; then we start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: Frankss

Changed from Sh*thouse, maybe?


32 posted on 01/03/2013 5:17:13 AM PST by oldsicilian
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To: momtothree

“Can you imagine? “

Easily. I’m sure Obama is working on it as we speak.


33 posted on 01/03/2013 5:20:41 AM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Just like a foreign language class.

“This class is taught in American English. I will assign a grownup, American English name for each of you. You may or may not use it outside of this class if you wish. Let me offer a bit of advice, though - if you use this grownup name in daily life, you will have a much higher likelihood of being a live, healthy, productive citizen in America.”


34 posted on 01/03/2013 5:22:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: oldsicilian

i went to grade school with kids whose last name was “Outhouse” ..true story.


35 posted on 01/03/2013 5:23:28 AM PST by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...)
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To: beaversmom

You posted: How about Latrina
It’s pretty.
***

I think it stinks...


36 posted on 01/03/2013 5:27:04 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: MotorCityBuck
Shirley Q. Liquor. LOL

Is she affiliated with this group:


37 posted on 01/03/2013 5:37:11 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: NCLaw441
I think it stinks...

But you've been known to have a crappy attitude.

38 posted on 01/03/2013 5:38:18 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Einherjar

“This time, the panel turned it down on the grounds that the word Blaer takes a masculine article, despite the fact that it was used for a female character in a novel by Iceland’s revered Nobel Prize-winning author Halldor Laxness.”

...and just HOW did “Halldor Laxness” get ON the list???


39 posted on 01/03/2013 5:38:18 AM PST by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: Lazamataz

Still have not made the decision to grow up, eh?


40 posted on 01/03/2013 5:43:08 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o; Lazamataz

“... decision to grow up”.

I believe that was his New Year’s pledge.. last year. Far as I know, he kept it. I hope he doesn’t ever, EVER grow up. IMHO.


41 posted on 01/03/2013 5:47:21 AM PST by momtothree
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To: palmer

Nice and righteous but stop eating junk food. Both of them. But will never happen because they are having too much fun tripping through life


42 posted on 01/03/2013 5:48:07 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: don-o
No, and never will. I'll be sure to ping you to every time I post "I'd hit it", because I know it's your favorite!


43 posted on 01/03/2013 5:54:12 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Tax-chick

I was not citing a name from a list, I was making one up as I could not directly remember any examples. As I create several hundred student accounts every semester, this is not some imaginary bugaboo.

I can assure you the mauling is there, and it is not a cultural thing. While you can tell from last names that some of that is the case (ie, hispanic last names), it is more a general balkanization of spellings of common names.

Yes, I suppose you can rationalize this with whatever you like, but inflicting a name on your child which EVERYONE will misspell is to do them a disservice.


44 posted on 01/03/2013 5:54:40 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Einherjar

This kind of situation just goes to show why we need name control here in the US. Name violence can not be tolerated.


45 posted on 01/03/2013 5:58:27 AM PST by Darth Reardon
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To: SW6906

Freedom to name your own kid . . . I’m pretty sure that trumps a state’s arbitrary desire to “preserve” its “culture,” however the state defines “culture.”


46 posted on 01/03/2013 6:00:09 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Lazamataz; Jim Robinson
I'll be sure to ping you to every time

That would make an interesting and instructive test case to see how board ownership deals with stalking on his board.

47 posted on 01/03/2013 6:01:47 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: drbuzzard
I suppose you can rationalize this with whatever you like,

I put it under, "People do some weird stuff."

but inflicting a name on your child which EVERYONE will misspell is to do them a disservice.

I agree. My children all have stolid names with standard spellings (except for a nickname, Elen with one L). I use my maiden name, officially, because of the nuisance of spelling my husband's name for everyone. Of course, I have to do that anyway, with ten children, but eventually they'll all grow up and do it for themselvs. Even my 3-year-old corrects mispronunciations of their name without missing a beat ;-).

48 posted on 01/03/2013 6:04:55 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: don-o; Lazamataz; Jim Robinson

Laz was just kidding, don-0. Some of the freepers do that from time to time. Kid, joke, tease... Just my two cents but what would Free Republic be without the occasional joke, funny picture or teasing amongst members? There is enough going on in the world and in this country right now to make anyone a bit uptight and uber serious. Is there a place for serious conversation? Of course.. there’s always is a place. However, most of us need some levity. A laugh a day, a smile, a chuckle, a grin.... helps us make it through another day. IMHO.


49 posted on 01/03/2013 6:09:40 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Tax-chick

>I put it under, “People do some weird stuff.”

Actually I put it under:
A) Crappy schools which push out barely literate graduates (the amount of remedial education required around here is atrocious)
B) Teen moms who don’t have the wisdom to think of consequences (of course the first one which comes to mind is being a teen single mom in the first place, compared to which the minor issue of giving your kid a messed up name is fairly trivial).


50 posted on 01/03/2013 6:14:14 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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