Goofy-sounding names might at first seem like a political liability, but Jennifer Moss, the author of The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book, thinks theyre a plus.
First and foremost, it makes them memorable, says Moss, who is also the founder and CEO of babynames.com. They conjure an image, and when it comes to memorization techniques, you always use a name and an image.
And Democratic campaign consultant Steve McMahon agrees. It makes them unforgettable, even when they shouldnt be, he tells us.
Moss tells HOH that she cautions parents who want their children to someday have a big future including in politics to avoid punny kid names and to give children a full name that they could someday use on a political bumper sticker, saving the cutesy stuff for nicknames (we agree that Congresswoman Buffy just doesnt sound right).
Overheard on the Hill
The description of then-male model Sen. Scott Brown, posted Tuesday on the Huffington Post, along with photos of the Massachusetts Republican. Browns most famous photo spread (nude in Cosmo) was well-documented, but his other modeling shots hadnt surfaced until now.
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.