Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What’s In a Name?

From Raw Story:

The family of Osama bin Laden has asked the Saudi monarchy for permission to change its surname. The on-line newspaper Arabian Business reports that “the relatives of the ‘sheikh of terror’ no longer want to be recognised as belonging to the bin Laden family and have therefore asked to change the surname on their passports.” The royal family is thought to have approved the request, according to the newspaper, which it describes it as “unprecedented”.

I understand that a family name is a really big deal in Arabic culture and this represents a huge disownment on the part of his family.

I wonder what new name they’ll come up with. If it were me, I’d come up with something that would really distance me from the guy and no one could connect it with my crazy relative. How about something like Rosencrantz?