Woman Who Thought Her Baby Name Was from Greek Mythology Discovers It’s Actually an STD
We all sometimes mispronounce words but imagine thinking your chosen baby name is from Greek Mythology only to discover it’s the name of a very common Sexually Transmitted Disease. Would you let your friend know they’d made a mistake or would you keep your mouth shut?
Writing into Reddit one woman explained her dilemma: “My friend is about five months pregnant and has been talking about baby names with her partner lately. She’s having a girl and likes to run some of her ideas by our friend group to see what we think.”
When she shared her favourite baby name with the girls, it soon became obvious that she had in fact got the name very, very wrong.
“She told us her latest favorite: Chlamydia,” she continued. “Before I had time to get over my shock, she starts going on about how ever since we had to read The Odyssey in high school, she’s always liked her in Greek mythology.”
That’s when it clicked to her friend that she actually meant Clytemnestra, the wife of King Agamemnon and sister of Helen of Troy.
“So I interrupt her and go, ‘Wait, you mean Clytemnestra, not Chlamydia. Right?'” she says. “And she’s all, ‘No, I meant Chlamydia’.
“I have to explain to her that she’s got the name mixed up and that chlamydia is an STD, not a figure from Greek mythology. After I bring up a Google search to prove my point, she gets all awkward and quiet. The mood for the rest of our time together kinda soured.”
Instead of seeing the funny side, the mum-to-be sent a message calling her “a bad friend for embarrassing her in front of everyone.” She even demanded an apology for making her look stupid.
She continued saying, “I don’t think I have anything to apologise for, and besides, they were perfectly happy to sit there and let her think her STD baby name would be a good choice. Imagine how embarrassed she would have been after she found the mistake later and realized that none of her friends had the decency to tell her the truth.”
Commenters on Reddit we’re quick to defend the friend saying she had done the right thing by pointing out the mix up. How can you be a good friend and not correct a mistake like that?!
“If she’s old enough to be pregnant, she should be old enough to know what chlamydia is,” commented one person, “She embarrassed herself.”
Another added, “The friend has pregnancy brain and got names mixed up. OP did what was necessary and her other friends should feel awful about not having said something. Like they seriously gonna let this baby be named after an STD.”
While this comment sums it up perfectly: “There was a moment of embarrassment but imagine if no one told her and she named her baby after an STD. It’s like when you have spinach in your teeth and no one tells you. You were the good friend who told her before she kept spreading her embarrassing STD name all over the place.”
Do you agree?