Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A Rose, By Any Other Name . . .

My friend Monica and I are currently planning a trip to Egypt in May. We've been friends since college where we were roommates, which means we already know how annoying the other one is, which makes us perfect travel buddies.

I've been giving her a hard time, because I read that people with names that have "nika" sounds (Nicholas, Nico, Monique, Monica) get sniggered at a lot in Egypt, because their names sound like a similar term for something else. Namely, "sex with goats."

I find this immensely funny. Monica does not. She even went so far as to consult an actual Egyptian to confirm my story. It was confirmed.

Monica needs your help blog readers! What in the world should I call her while we're in Egypt? I sometimes call her "Mon" because I'm too lazy to finish the other syllables. She doesn't really respond to that, though. She's been known to sign her emails as "M2", as in M squared, since her last name starts with an M as well. I tease her that I can call her "Number 2" like in Austin Powers, but she's not amused by that either. Once, one of her co-workers sent her a message and meant to say "hola" but typed in "hole." Maybe I could call her Hole?

Today, let's think of Egyptian names for Monica (be nice, she's my friend.) Shall I call her by her middle name (she won't let me tell you what it is)? Shall we make up names like in the Vegas commercials? (I'm Ginger, and this is Mary Ann.) Please bloggers, you're our (mostly) only hope!

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6 comments:

The Eternal Freshman said...

I say Belle. It's a pretty, sweet girl name. Or perhaps a name that she's always liked. It can be fun - like the Vegas commercials.

Carmen said...

I mentioned this suggestion to her. She likes the name Belle. She liked it so much, she named a dog Belle. Ha ha ha.

WendyWings said...

I used to use Belle an my online nic lol.
How about "she who shall not be named"
Kinda long though ;)

Carmen said...

Ah, Wendywings, if she was a reader of Harry Potter (which I picked up today in DVD form, btw) she might understand your name. :) Right now, I'm thinking of calling her Lonestar, from SpaceBalls. :)

kristarella said...

My friend calls his Monique "Moni", not like money, or moany it's a really short "o". It's kinds cute, nicer than "Mon" probably.

The Eternal Freshman said...

OR- better yet, The Artist Formerly Known as Monica. Or just The Artist.