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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Friday, August 03, 2007  
    My cousin, Finance Minister Jihad Azour, recently became a proud father for the first time when his wife Roula gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
    The delivery went smoothly and there were no complications - in the modern era, the most difficult thing about having a child is naming the child.
    Modern parents tend to put much more thought into naming their offspring than their parents did.
    This was no exception.
    One of the names considered was Karim (meaning generous in Arabic) but the Prime Minister jokingly vetoed it on the grounds that ‘’Abu (father of) Karim’’ was an unacceptable appellation for a finance minister.
    Finance ministers anywhere are supposed to be canny but even more so in a country that has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world (178 percent).

    On the subject of names, I know someone who didn’t have so much trouble naming his children.
    He named two sons from two different marriages a variation of the same name (Michael and Miguel).
    I don’t know whether this was on purpose or whether he even noticed (maybe he forgot) but it reminds me of Newhart’s "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."*
    Either way, he must have liked the name a lot and what’s not to like about it?
    It’s a very likeable name.
    Too likeable a name to use only once per family per generation.
    Twice is the bare minimum for such a lovely name.

    *The Michel's sister could introduce her and her brothers in a similar fashion – ‘’Hi, I’m – (forgot name but it’s not Michele or any other female variation of Michel).This is my brother Michel, and this is my other brother Michel’’.

    8:00 pm

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