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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What's in a Name?

(Fox News) - A court in Genoa, Italy has ruled that a local couple cannot name their baby boy Friday — because people might make fun of him — and has ordered his name changed to Gregory.

The boy's parents named him Friday when he was born 15 months ago because they liked the sound of it. He was registered with the Genoa city hall and baptized.

But several months ago a tribunal ruled that Friday violated a law against ridiculous or shameful names. It said Friday would be the butt of jokes and hindered from developing what it called "serene interpersonal relationships."

The parents appealed — but lost their case earlier this month. They say they will still call him Friday — but when he's older he will have to sign his name Gregory.


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