Monday, September 21, 2020

What's in a Name? . . .


Some risqué content . . . 


Yesterday I posted in full Joe Hildebrand’s article about “6 words”. 

Today I’m posting in full an item from the news that is too good to pass up . . . 


September 20, 2020 


Sydney barrister in fight over his Lamborghini’s ‘offensive’ number plate 

A top Sydney barrister has got into a legal battle of his own with Transport NSW over the cheeky number plates on his yellow Lamborghini. 

A top Sydney barrister has got into a legal battle of his own over the “offensive” number plate on his bright yellow Lamborghini, which reads: “LGOPNR”. 

Peter Lavac said most people would never connect the dots and realise his number plate was cheekily saying “leg opener”. 

But at least one person did, in fact, connect those dots, and soon Transport NSW was calling for his plates to be removed. 

“Tough s***,” Mr Lavac unapologetically told The Sunday Telegraph. 

Transport NSW gave him 18 days to change his number plate, writing in a letter: “Transport for NSW determined that these number plates could be considered offensive and must be returned.” 

From Palm Beach in Sydney’s northern beaches, Mr Lavac fought for his right to keep the number plate and challenged the letter in his local court on September 1. 

He argued it was a free speech issue. 

“I resent anyone who’s trying to violate my freedom of speech and expression,” the former Hong Kong crown prosecutor said. 

“They (the number plates) are meant to be humorous, tongue-in-cheek, funny and entertaining. 

“That is how most people find them when it’s explained to them. 

“But how could you possibly construe recreational sex between two consenting adults as ever being offensive or demeaning in any way, shape or form? 

“How many other little Aussie battlers who have similar bullying letters, have caved in and laid down and let (Transport NSW) walk all over them because they didn‘t have my resources or legal expertise to stand up to this and challenge them?” 

In the end, Transport NSW backed down, which Mr Lavac believed was because they used an outdated section of the law. 

Defence Barrister Peter Lavac used his acquired wealth in the legal profession to buy a sports car and add on an offensive number plate. 

Transport NSW safety, environment and regulation deputy secretary Tara McCarthy said that the department relies a lot on members of the public to report offensive plates, as many controversial number plates slip through the vetting process. 

“If a member of the public finds a plate offensive they can report it to Transport for NSW which will investigate and the plate may then be recalled,” she said. 


The Yay for the Day goes to Peter Lavac.


The topic What’s In a Name? also lets me repost an item that I have posted previously but also a golden oldie . . . 

You know that classic oldie about how Native Americans get their names. . . 

A Native American lad asks the tribe’s chief how he names the tribe’s children. “When a papoose is born,” says the chief, “I enter the teepee and hold the child in my arms, then I walk outside and the first thing I see is what I name that child. That is why your brother is named Lone Eagle and your sister is Moonlight on Water. Why do you ask, Two Dogs Fucking?” 

I came across a reference to a possible source for that joke, a book called Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett. Even if that book is not the origin of the joke, the variation in the book on the classic joke is quite witty: 

"Why are you called One-Man-Bucket?" 

"...In my tribe we're traditionally named after the first thing my mother sees when she looks out of the tepee after the birth. It's short for One-Man-Pouring-a-Bucket-of-Water-Over-Two-Dogs." 

"That's pretty unfortunate." 

"It's not too bad. It was my twin brother you had to feel sorry for. She looked out ten seconds before me to give him his name." 

"Don't tell me, let me guess. Two-Dogs-Fighting?" 

"Two-Dogs-Fighting? Two-Dogs-Fighting? Wow, he would have given his right arm to be called Two-Dogs-Fighting."

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