A COUPLE of parents-to-be shared their happy news with their loved ones, but some weren’t too thrilled about what the little one’s name would be.
After detailing the name they had chosen, the pair were met with shocked and curt comments from their family and much trolling from strangers.
The anonymized exchange was shared in a Facebook group called “This is it, I’m bored and I’m ashamed of everything,” where users ruthlessly criticize everything and everyone.
In a screenshot, a user shared an exchange between an expectant parent and a congratulatory loved one.
“Did you pick any names?” The person who shared the screenshot asked the expectant mother or father.
“I’m pretty sure we call her Reighfyl,” the new parent wrote back. “Pronounced like ‘rifle.'”
The original poster’s one-word response said it all: “Oh.”
In the comments on Facebook, people tore up the parents and the “horrible, horrible name” they chose.
“You can’t just put ‘eight’ in any name and call it good,” said one critic.
“That name is a tragedy,” agreed another troll.
Many worried that the child would be criticized by others when he started school.
“Kindergarten is getting so hard for this little baby,” wrote one sympathetic commenter.
“I hate parents who give their kids unusual, difficult to pronounce, or hard to spell names,” agreed another.
They continued, “It’s a lifelong curse to correct people, spell your name for people, and eventually just respond to any name that sounds vaguely like yours.”
“I agree with an unusual name,” wrote one member of the group, “BUT rifle isn’t already great.
“Seriously just staring at the name,” they added. “I didn’t get it until I read ‘The Rifle.’ It’s awful.”
The gun-inspired name could open the door for feminized versions of other violent words, another person said.
As examples they cited Felony, Syndikeight (syndicate), Cartel, Butcher or even Jennicyde (genocide).
One person said the name sounds like a drug, while another said it was a “Scrabble tile name”.
“Just throw them down and see what comes out,” they joked.
And one clever commenter shared his strategy for reacting with composure when encountering a kid with a unique name.
“Me when I hear a ridiculous kid name and need to know more about it without sounding too much like an a**, ‘Oh wow is that a family name?'” they wrote.
For related content, check out The US Sun’s coverage of the “dark and moody” nicknames a professional baby namesake says will rule in 2023.
The US Sun also has a story of a mother who gave her children names that some say are better suited to dogs.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/6101340/bad-baby-name-parents-spelling-gun-reighfyl-rifle/ I named my baby after a weapon – people say it’s ‘terrible’ but the spelling is a real ‘tragedeigh’