A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive and modern name for their child chose the commonly used typographic symbol ‘@’ (or ‘at’) - much to the consternation of Chinese officials.
The unidentified couple and the attempted naming were cited Thursday by a Chinese government official as an example of bizarre names creeping into the Chinese language.
The father ‘said “the whole world uses it to write e-mails and translated into Chinese it means ‘love him,’”’ Li Yuming, the vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference.
The symbol ‘@’ sounds like the Chinese phrase ‘love him.’
I suppose that people in China are trying to find more originality in their names, but this might be getting a little silly.