scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Fun with names
Mark Adkins (madkins007@HOME.COM
Tue May 02 2000 - 23:19:18 CDT
I quite agree that the boys think these are humorous, that is why the book
sells so well. The question is appropriateness in Scouting or for that
matter, in any organized use.
While my son may snicker (and it is more of a snigger) over being Poopsie
Diaperfanny, I sincerely doubt he would appreciate it if his teacher dubbed
him that, or if he had to use the name in school. If it is not appropriate
in school, is it questionable in Scouting.
Also, there is the entire question of 'bathroom humor'. As a clown, we
learned that it is easy to get laughs that way. Off-color humor almost
always gets an easy, yet often nervous laugh from an audience- but is that
the kind of entertainer we wanted to be? There is a certain sleaziness to
that kind of entertainment. Scouting has always stood for a certain type of
moral cleanliness and character.
In my opinion, I might use this list with the boys for a quick chuckle, but
I would be concerned about whether the names would stick- because that is
where the problem is. Read the book or sing a 'gross' song, and move on-
little if any harm. Saddle a youth with a nickname like some of the ones on
that list- real possibility for problems, especially as the more it bothers
the boy the more likely it is to be used!
----- Original Message -----
> But, remember that grade-school boys have a real fascination with
> humor", so the suggested name-generator is probably more appropriate than
> we all might think, and will be forgotten more quickly than we might
> Johpe Shcam, Gnibug of Aspirin <email@example.com>
> ACM Pack 36 / ASM Troop 36, Westchester-Putnam (NY) Council