Chinese Parents Want to Name Baby "@"

Chinese couple wanted to name their baby "@" saying that they wanted a distinctive and modern name ...

A Chinese couple seeking a distinctive and modern name for their child chose the commonly used @ symbol., much to the consternation of Chinese officials.

The unidentified couple and the attempted naming were cited Thursday by a Chinese government official as an example of bizarre names creeping into the Chinese language.

"The father said 'the whole world uses it to write emails and translated into Chinese it means'love him'," Li Yuming, the vice director of the State Language Commission, said at a news conference.

The symbol pronounced in English as 'at' sounds like the Chinese phrase "ai ta", or "love him".

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This kid could have the coolest email address ever:
@@@.com - assuming @.com is available.
I really don't see a problem with this, do you?

And I'm not sure if it will show up here properly, but the actual Chinese would be written "愛他" which looks a little more legit.
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