Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Pet peeve/unintentionally funny
Ethnic-mismatch hyphenated names, something middle-class American women like to do as a kind of halfway concession to feminism. Things like 'Ashley Finkelstein-Hernandez'. Marry whoever you like, but for the rest of our sakes if the names don't match, don't cobble them together. I understand this was done in England (English, Welsh and Scottish names do go together this way) only for dynastic marriages to show a merger of fortunes and properties.

One usage I'm glad to see is going away is 'Mrs John Smith'. Looked silly. Time was 'Mrs Mary Smith' meant a divorcée.

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