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I want to call my baby Avocado

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allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 12:59:28

Not really.

Hear me out...

Okay, I like Persimmon (nn Persi) (which is still in the running) but everyone was horrified to the point where I have a seed of doubt sown in my mind.

So... my children have taken to calling the baby Avocado, and I was idly wondering if there was a nice Latin name for Avocado or an Avocado flower or something, and it turns out that the Avocado is of the genus Persea - do you reckon it's pronounced Percy or Persee-ay?

And, if you're feeling indulgent, can you think of anything else Avocado-y that might work? (But don't just be cutting and acerbic) (unless it's also funny).

BluddyMoFo Fri 23-Sep-11 13:00:57

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Northey Fri 23-Sep-11 13:02:07

I would say per-SAY-a.

If you have fond childhood memories of Anne of Green Gables, there is a character called Persis in one of the later books. Quite a nice one, too.

allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 13:02:28

See? That was cutting and funny. You can stay.


thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 13:03:01

i would pronounce it percy-a but i have no idea

i just wanted to come on and see if you have a copy of this book

allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 13:03:30

Per-SAY-a. Hmmm. Don't think I like that. You could well be right though.

Persis is okay. <off to google>

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Sep-11 13:03:34


Nice ring to it.

Also known as an alligator pear. Not much help, am I?

thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 13:03:41

avocado is also known as the alligator pear

so how about ally
or pear

or gator

thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 13:04:13


mistressploppy Fri 23-Sep-11 13:04:33

Avocado comes from the latin American 'ahuacatl' meaning testicle!! Not very pretty really...

Hullygully Fri 23-Sep-11 13:04:58

you are really losing the plot now allhail

what about Ava-Katie-Eau

thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 13:05:27

"The word 'avocado' comes from the Spanish aguacate which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word ahuácatl (testicle, a reference to the shape of the fruit)"

testicle it is then!

allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 13:05:29

grin @ Avocado Baby. If I work out an Avocado-y name I'll have to get that!

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 13:05:33

I'd say it purr-see-a - like the feminine of Perseus.

Northey Fri 23-Sep-11 13:05:38

Or Eve Ocado.

thisisyesterday Fri 23-Sep-11 13:05:45

damn MP got there before me! lol

JuneChollySawcutt Fri 23-Sep-11 13:06:34

You will get many copies of this if you do stick with Avocado.

Just back from the farm shop where they are selling Quince, in season atm. Kind of cute. (If you want to stick to the fruit and veg theme.)

EdithWeston Fri 23-Sep-11 13:06:54

Testicle? Back to Plum, then?

allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 13:06:58

Testicla for a girl presumably.

Oh arse. Does it really come from testicle?

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Sep-11 13:07:20

Erm, I'd steer clear of using 'avocado' itself though. It is derived from the native word for testicle.

So, if you go for it, I'd suggest using it for a boy grin

KnottyLocks Fri 23-Sep-11 13:08:31

I keep x-posting.

Must try harder.

allhailtheaubergine Fri 23-Sep-11 13:08:34

Persis means 'Persian woman' which my baby won't be, so I don't think that works.

aliceliddell Fri 23-Sep-11 13:08:43

dp suggests jerusalem & artichoke for twins, nn jerry and archie

Imnotaslimjim Fri 23-Sep-11 13:09:03

I'm not very good with funny, but I did find this name pronouncer which pronounces it persee. Definitely prefer that to perseea/persaya

schobe Fri 23-Sep-11 13:11:50

I'm loving this saga.

You're going to end up calling her Jane.

You'll have gone round full circle, then imploded and sort of become a baby name black hole.

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