Sunday, October 10, 2004

In Denmark, Leica, Jiminico, Jordan, and Cairo Are OK; Jett, Anus, Pluto, and Monkey Are Not (How About Molli Malou?)

My (Danish) Dad wanted to call me Haldan (a Viking name meaning "half-danish"), an entirely acceptable (if uncommon) name in Denmark. My (American) Mom said "Go jump in the lake, buster!" Tak, Mor.

Denmark, a country that embraces rules with the same gusto that Italy defies them

Incidentally, what one Dane calls very Scandinavian — the jantelov saying that "You shouldn't stand out from anyone else here; you shouldn't think you are better than anyone else" — is in fact very European, and it regulates much of the Old Continent's condescending attitude towards go-ahead America.