Recently I was chatting to some guys at work about the meaning of their kids’ names. It is a huge decision in any parents life, the name you give your little girl or boy.
I remember my mom and dad telling me about my name. My mom said that she had let my dad choose the name, and he chose Keri-Lee, he loved it, it meant ‘maiden of the sea’,and although he would rather be naming a a yacht Keri-lee, he would let me have it. Aah sweet.
I mean just look at them, Tony and Shay Miller. Look how happy they are… how harmless they look.
I lived the meaning of my name, learnt to swim before i could walk, swam competitively and was a lifeguard. And when I turned 18,I even got the inevitable tramp stamp. The ‘kanji’ symbol for ‘ocean’ on my lower back. ( I accept your judgment).
So back to the conversation at work. I’m at the computer, so we start googling the correct meanings of names, in all different cultures. Even though I knew what my name meant, obviously I was going to search mine too….
Search bar. Type: k e r i
Wikipedia pops up, I click….
Be prepared… What I read that day has haunted me consistently
Keri (קרי) is a Hebrew term which literally means “happenstance”, “frivolity” or “contrariness” and has come to mean “seminal emission”. The term is generally used in Jewish law to refer specifically to the regulations and rituals concerning the emission of semen, whether by nocturnal emission, or by sexual activity.
Semen? Seminal emission? Are you frikken kidding me?!
Firstly, my mother’s side of the family was Jewish which means, SOMEONE, purposefully, let the Hebrew translation slide, in some cruel mission to make my life one big ‘cum joke’.
And my father…. Cruel cruel man. Mr miller – obviously distracted by thoughts of yachts and 4 wheelers – wasn’t concentrating, and read ‘maiden of the sea’ when in fact it was quite clearly maiden of the sea-men!!!
I’m broken. And also rather surprised I haven’t turned out to be a middle class hooker. Yet.
Man juice Miller
by the way, NOW I understand this company’s use of the name for … hand cream.