Friday, November 30, 2007

Names in Favelas

There are lots of interesting names in favelas. Maybe this is similar to the trend that Freakonomics documented- blacks have more varied names. But sometimes it's just funny.

Despite there being no w in Portuguese, Washington is a popular name. But it can be spelled any number of ways. The most egregious spelling is probably Uaxington. I mean, why not, right?

On Wednesday I found myself substitute teaching and one of the students, a very nice guy in his 20s that's a taxi driver, said his name was Waldinei. But today I found out that he's just too embarrassed to say his real name, Waldisney.

1 Comments:

Blogger P said...

There is also Maycon (Michael)
Jaquison (Jackson) ;-)

5:37 AM  

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