Sunday, June 08, 2008

And sticking to the theme of coloured building blocks ...

A Swedish couple have won the right to name their infant son Lego after a legal battle with government bodies. Couples have previously run into trouble with the names Ikea, Veranda, Metallica and the use of Elvis for a girl.

The Swedish Administrative Court of Appeals overruled an earlier decision to stop them naming their child after the brightly coloured plastic building blocks. In Swedish law, offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate names are all forbidden, as well as names that could embarrass the people they are given to. Although the rules are designed to protect children from teasing, not everybody likes them.

In 1996 a little boy was named Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced Albin) in protest at the law. (Link)

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