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Who would ever think that someone would want to name their child ‘@’! Yes you read that right. A Chinese couple tried to name their baby “@”, the couple claims that the character used in e-mail address echoed their love for the child.

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While the “@” symbol is familiar to Chinese e-mail users, they often use the English word “at” to sound it out — which with a drawn out “T” sounds something like “ai ta,” or “love him,” to Mandarin speakers.

Li told a news conference on the state of the language that the name was an extreme example of people’s increasingly adventurous approach to Chinese, as commercialization and the Internet break down conventions.

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My mom once told me that every word found in the dictionary is part of someone’s name. I found hard to believe words like “stupid” or “Ugly” are part of people names. But I’m beginning to think that my mom was right. 😆

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