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November 6th, 2007

Naming my Pets

The BBC notes that it is illegal to name a pig “Napoleon” in France. Good job we saved it for the aarkvark then.

(p. 96 of Naming and Necessity)

Posted by Gillian Russell in Uncategorized


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2 Responses to “Naming my Pets”

  1. Roger Clarke says:

    I wonder what they do in translations of Animal Farm.

  2. Gillian Russell says:

    I don’t know. Perhaps they construe “naming”, so that naming only applies to the original baptism. That way no translation, or translator could be accused of breaking the law. There could still be a question about whether Orwell had broken the law, given that he named the pig (for all we know his granddaughter named the pig, of course). But then maybe his lawyers could argue that you cannot name something that doesn’t exist? Or that he wasn’t in France when he named the pig?

    But I suspect this is now moot. The BBC seems to have removed the Napoleon law from the list (they say they edited the story after being unable to verify the existence of some of the laws.)

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