Good Clean English Names

“Why didn’t your mother give you a good, clean, English name?”

This unfortunate question was directed to me by a newly hired co-worker at my job during a training session a few weeks ago. While my initial reaction was surprise at the boldness and lack of tact with which the statement was uttered, the second (and longer-lasting) feeling that cascaded over me was one of disappointment in my co-worker. From the outside, it looked like she would have known better.

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