Comments Rule

Today I got the best comment ever on my blog at The Parenting Post.

“Seriously.. if my name were Magoo I’d want to commit suicide.. I can’t believe people are actually listening to this stupid baby-naming fad.. STOP NAMING YOUR CHILDREN AFTER FICTIONAL CHARACTERS. Also, stop making up new names.. we have a list of names for a reason.. so USE IT!”

The commenter kindly provided his email address to which I sent this response:

Yes, Magoo is totally his real name. I didn’t give him an alter-ego at all on my blog to protect his privacy. I thought it would be a good idea to use his real name on the blog so his junior high friends could google search “Magoo Daring” and find out all about the consistency of his infantile poop. You’re right. I must be stopped.

Our next child will be named McFrick or Throckmorton, regardless of gender. Are those on “the list” or should I keep brainstorming?

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46 Responses to Comments Rule

  1. Mary O says:

    It’s hard to believe that some people would actually think that’s his real name! Also, where is this “list” that they are referring to? I must get myself a copy so as not to offend anyone with my baby name choices! =)

  2. Jenny says:

    and while you’re on the topic… how horrid must your parents be to have named YOU “Daring Young” with a last name like “Mom”??

  3. allysha says:

    I need the “list”, too, since I feel like I’m losing my baby naming powers. Although I am considering Magoo. That works for a girl, right?

  4. Jessica says:

    I would definitely go with Throckmorton. It just rolls off the toungue so easily.
    He seems like the type of person who likes to profess how “honest” he is with everyone, when all that means to him is a free ride to say whatever he thinks, without regard to tact or other people’s feelings. I love that type of person, especially when I get their “honesty” without asking for it. LOVE it.
    (Isn’t it nice of me to have decided what type of person he is and then dismiss him so easily? I’m just being honest!)

  5. chris says:

    What Magoo isn’t his real name? I feel so lied to now 😉

  6. Mary C says:

    People are so odd. You are a much nicer person than I for choosing to handle it with humor and sarcasm. I may not have been so kind…:)

  7. grammyelin says:

    I love it! If it hadn’t been for him, you might have had to think up something to blog about today without this inspiration. (I am chortling even as I type. – some people are just too funny.)

  8. Jenny says:

    That’s funny!! I love the way you handled it!!

  9. Oh my McFrickin Heck! That was awesome. I wish I had know there was a list before I named my child after a bear-dog-ghost-monster from an 80’s movie. And I wish I could handle things with your aplomb. Did that guy write back?

  10. Mara says:

    I would be so embarrassed if I were him. Imagine seriously thinking that you named your son Magoo! Is he completely new to the world of parenting blogs?

  11. Proud Daughter of Eve says:

    Sing it with me, folks! “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people…” I’m sorry you had to see that, DYM. It’s never any fun. The way you handled it is funny. 🙂

  12. Becca says:

    Well doesn’t he sound like the kind of person you want for your BFF?? People’s comments continue to astound me.

  13. Nantie Meg says:

    I was thinking about Benjamin for my first child if it’s a boy or Gwenashalamalamadingdong if it’s a girl. (not that I am anywhere NEAR even thinking about getting pregnant). I am pretty sure Gwenashalamalamadingdong is not on the list. Is this ok?

    PS – I love the nicknames. sometimes I have to stop and think what their real names are.

  14. Abby says:

    I believe that Sean needs a little attention. Why else would he leave a lame-o comment and then post his email for all of us to see.
    According to him “love doctor” is on the list, so feel free to add that to Throckmorton, and the like.

  15. Kookaburra says:

    Looove your response!

  16. Well! That’s the last time I come to this here blog. How dare you NOT use names on “THE Official List of Official Acceptable Names for Childrenâ„¢: So Use It”
    And yeah, *you* stop making up NEW names Daring Young Mom.

    I’m singing along with Proud Daughter of Eve :
    “So give you ID card to the border guard
    Your alias says you’re Captain John Luc Picard
    Of the United Federation of Planets
    Cause they won’t speak English any ways.
    Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people…”

    Respectfully signed, No Cool Story.
    A.K.A. The Mexi

  17. Suzi says:

    Even when names are on the list, and the list depends on publishers and sometimes include names no one I know has ever heard of, people don’t always like them. I picked out a name for #2 son and my folks had a hissy fit about it. Now I can’t imagine him with that name, but I loved it.

    By the way, E, my eldest, has decided to make us his eldest’s name. He likes “Ted” as a nickname, but doesn’t want to name his child Theodore. So he’s decided on Tederval as a name. I am fairly sure that is not on the list.

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  19. Carrie says:

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed that this morning. Too funny. Love your response 🙂

  20. Eve says:

    GASP! and then HA HA! Good one!

  21. Melissa says:

    So clever! I hope he emails back… lol…

  22. Mary says:

    People can be so ridiculous. I love your response, you witty thing.

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  24. Kimberly says:

    Hee hee hee…that’s all I have to say. ~snicker~

  25. Farm Wife says:

    I am so glad my mother picked out a nice sensible name for me. I mean, Farm Wife is so much more acceptable than Magoo! Seriously, what is wrong with you? 😉

    And do you mind if we borrow Throckmorton for the precious little girl I’m carrying now? Throckmorton FarmHand has such a nice ring to it…I wonder if it’s on the list?

    Some people should have their keyboard’s taken away from them…

  26. bon says:

    …and this is why lurking is not always a bad thing.

  27. Mir says:

    Oh my. I had NO IDEA there was a list. Do you think Monkey is on it? how about Stinkbutt? Because I could probably change his name to that without too much trauma, if it would make your commenter happy.

  28. heather says:

    Did you really send that?!!

    Hee hee. I was unaware that there was a list of approved baby names. Hmm, must get a copy.

  29. Shalee says:

    Oh man… I figured that I’d go ahead and use my real name Shalee for blogging purposes rather than “protect the innocent” because I know full well that there is nothing innocent about me.

    And I don’t even want to hear what that idiot would say about my kids’ names, which are beautiful and unusual and sure to sound made up.

    Way to go, DYM! Love how you used all that logic and humor (that the commenter seemed to be lacking) to set things straight.

  30. Jeana says:

    Scott and I already have a list for the improbable possibility of another arrow in our quiver:

    MC Channelgrips
    Sir Poops-a-lot

    and my personal favorite,

    The Child Formerly Known as Fetus

  31. Jeana says:

    Now you gotta admit that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

  32. surcie says:

    I thought Magoo was his real name–because my kid is totally named Bugaboo. Gyah.

  33. Hee hee… I remember asking you, “Is his name really Magoo? Is that a family name?” 🙂

  34. Liz says:

    and does he know how thoroughly we are kicking his trash here? I hope so. I certainly hope so.

  35. well, I must admit to wondering about Magoo, because Laylee is a pretty normal sounding name to me…you just never know 😉

    Good response 🙂

  36. Heffalump says:

    I think the whole thing was a big stunt on “The Love Doctor”‘s part to get a whole bunch of people to look at his blog. As if any of us are dumb enough to seek the advice of a 20 year old who has never been married, or had kids and yet seeks to advise those of us who have, “because he cares”. He is so trying to ride your shirt tails to fame.

  37. So very funny! Please do post the “response” if you get one! 🙂

  38. Aunt Murry says:

    It takes all kinds…

  39. Tigersue says:

    Some people just think they are for real! 😉

  40. Alison says:

    Throckmorton is pretty bad. That happens to be my last name. And I’d hate it as a first name! 🙂

  41. JD says:

    Oh this hurts so bad to laugh so hard. Thank goodness for intellectually challenged people. His poor mother probably used the “list” and named him Ashley.

  42. Ava's Mommy says:

    That was probably my Mother-In-Law writing to you. She always seems to know the best names for OTHER peoples children. Zander was a completely unacceptable name for our maybe boy. “Good thing your having a girl” she said…I replied…her name will be Zandra. Silence. :0) Keep up the fantastic blogging!

  43. Pugwee says:

    I always wondered why it wasn’t Mr. Magoo or is it Magoo when sweet and Mr. Magoo when he’s bad? Don’t be offended but he does remind me of Mr. Magoo and I think parents are entitled to name their children anything they want. That’s one of the perks of being a parent. I cerntainly don’t need another list around the house, I’m still working on the original I moved in with.

  44. This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”

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