IT'S OFFICIAL - important sociological studies conclude that the worst names to call your child are Penelope or Matilda.
These children, the study says, are amongst those most likely to become involved in blackhearted blackguardry, deadly double dealings, fearsome and fretful fates, miserable misfortunes, and alliteration.
In the words of the study:
The miserable Matilda heaved back her sobs, as the pirate captain, who had vowed to make her his bride, hurled her into the vault. Were she not bound and gagged, she would be able to tell him the terrible truth, the salacious secret that would surely release her from her pitiful plight - that he was her long lost son!
Later in the study's conclusion, we find out that Penelope fares even worse:
O, wretched, wretched, wretched world, sobbed Penelope! For had not she, just now, discovered that her one true beloved, the dashing and daring Sigmundo, had been entombed by his rival suitor for her affections, the palsied, pox-ridden, and putrefyingly repugnant Petruccio? And yet, she dare not speak - for the very life of her mother depended on her silence!
On the other hand, as the study points out, it's quite fine to call your child Bumface or Scrotumfeatures. So there is that.
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