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To have told her got names are very common at the moment

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pinksaltlamp Tue 19-Jan-16 08:49:32

I bumped into a old workmate yesterday, was catching up with her as we haven't seen each other since I left the job.

She told me about her last year, she had a child and moved house. All lovley, then she said the name of her child. First thing I said is "is that a got name", she replied yes and I said " nice, they are really common at the moment". She looked devastated, checked her phone and said she had to get her train.

I keep replaying it in my head and wonder if I really offended her. I didn't mean common as a derogatory term, just as in popular.

Did I say something wrong? She must of known some character from the biggest TV show at the moment is not going to be unique?

Floggingmolly Tue 19-Jan-16 08:51:25

What on earth is a got name?

DisappointedOne Tue 19-Jan-16 08:52:36

Guessing Game of Thrones.

I think you saying "popular" rather than "common" may have been less upsetting for her.

kelda Tue 19-Jan-16 08:54:22

Only common on the internet. I have yet to meet anyone or even hear of anyone with a child with a GoT name.

You were a bit rude to try and put the name down like that.

redexpat Tue 19-Jan-16 08:54:37

I think in this situation it is better to say oh I know a few Xs, its a lovely name. Maybe she thinks you called her name common as in (please excuse the rough terminology) chavvy.

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:05

I think you came across as rude. To say her childs name is common is very different to saying it's popular (although that would have been a bit rude too imo) You should have left it after 'nice'.

Leelu6 Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:19

yeah, probably should have said 'popular'. it's not Daenyrys (sp?) is it?

iciclewinter Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:21

It sounds like she might have taken it the wrong way. Do you have her number so you could text her to say you're sorry if you offended her?

redhat Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:23

Yes, you were rude. It was very likely that she would interpret your use of the word "common" as being meant in a negative way.

wigglesrock Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:38

Well you could have just said "lovely", or not passed any comment. To be fair its a bit of an arsey comment to make. You didn't mean to be snide but it was a bit. Sort of like if you asked someone where they were going on holiday and you replied with "Christ its supposed to be shite".

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 19-Jan-16 08:55:54

Oh dear, a bit of a 'foot in mouth' moment then?

'Common' was probably seen as a derogatory description by her.

What namd was it?

RiverTam Tue 19-Jan-16 08:56:16

Yes, that was pretty tactless of you. You should have known that just as she should know that there's a spike in GoT names, though they're stulk hardly two-a-penny.

Rule of thumb - if you can't think of anything nice to say about a name don't say anything at all!

redhat Tue 19-Jan-16 08:56:31

I know of a couple of Aryas

RiverTam Tue 19-Jan-16 08:57:08

Stulk??? Still!

Birdsgottafly Tue 19-Jan-16 08:57:36

You messed up on the way you put it.

It's useful to think ahead, when it comes to a reaction for a Baby name announcement, so you just say something generic and nice.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 19-Jan-16 08:59:11

I haven't watched GoT for ages.


Can't think/ don't know any others now.

PurpleDaisies Tue 19-Jan-16 09:00:24

Oops. I think common wasn't the right choice of word and I can understand why she was a bit upset.

WizardOfToss Tue 19-Jan-16 09:01:28

Yikes. Even if you meant 'popular' rather than 'common', that would still have been rude. You're basically saying she's made an unoriginal, faddy choice. But we all have foot in the mouth moments. Will you text her an apology?

Unremarkable Tue 19-Jan-16 09:01:38

'Game of Thrones' name perhaps? Like Jon, Tyrion, Arya, Sansa. I think the use of the word 'common' can be a bit fraught.

Leviticus Tue 19-Jan-16 09:05:16

If you meant popular you should have said popular. Better still, complimented her and kept your thoughts to yourself.

It sounds like you were being a little bitchy and are now trying to justify it.

redhat Tue 19-Jan-16 09:05:56

Arya (also Aria) was apparently number 59 in the girls name list last year (according to the GOT website)

pinksaltlamp Tue 19-Jan-16 09:06:52

Yes it was very foot in mouth, I'm just going to stear clear of the word common.

I don't have her number, have found her on linked in was thinking about sending an apology.

It was arya, I be met a handful of aryas, one khaleesi and one tyrion. So maybe I didn't even meen popular, more just I've heard of a few people.

I'm thinking about just saying "lovley" in response to everyone I meet. Far less problematic.

whatsoever Tue 19-Jan-16 09:07:56

I'd be offended if you called my child's name "common" too.

Might as well have said chavvy or tacky or any other not-complimentary variant.

CakeFail Tue 19-Jan-16 09:09:23

Agree with leviticus that if you meant popular you should have said popular, but even if you had I don't think it was a particularly necessary or nice thing to say... You should have kept your thoughts to yourself really and I have no idea what made you think you needed to comment at all, but you could have said worse.

Fabellini Tue 19-Jan-16 09:10:42

I can still remember nearly 40 years ago, when I was speaking to a girl at my new school who was trying to be nice to me, she told me she was going to Spain on holiday and I said "it's getting to be really common to go there, isn't it?". I genuinely meant popular but obviously she took it the wrong way, told all her mates, and I was bullied for months and months by them for being so snobby and "up myself".
Poor choice of word op, and now I want to know the name too!

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