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The Wild Poppy
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Asked why she had named her twins Morphine and Opium, a young mother explained: "Well, I read in a paper that morphine and opium is products of a wild poppy. The poppy of these younguns was jist about as wild a man as I've ever knowed."

In another community a girl who was one family's great hope and joy went away to college, promising that she would come back with a diploma. Instead she came back pregnant. When a baby girl was born, of course she was named Diploma.

That was perhaps a better name than the two bestowed on the offspring of another girl who had gone astray and then gone back home. She called her twins Saffilis and Gonora. (Sodom and Gomora were the choices of still another young woman.)

And who knows what was in the minds of the couple who called their twins Max and Climax?

Hook, J. N. The Book of Names, A Celebration of Mainly American Names: People, Places, and Things. Franklin Watts, 1983.



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