Monday, September 12, 2005

the naming of hurricanes

there's absoultely nothing wrong with the name katrina, it's one of the better, less obvious names going, but now i'm fairly confident that this name will disappear from the list of top twenty names that parents will choose to endow their female offspring with. not to mention anyone with the name of katrina now having to deal with the obvious response should they be asked their name......

what a shame. it's about time to end this ridiculous practice of giving names to hurricanes as if they were human-like personalities. a hurricane is a natural event, no matter what the scale. time also to put an end to the media's overworked phrase "...the 'wrath' of katrina" hurricanes don't exhibit human tendedncies, such as anger and wrath, we humans do.

so why do we choose to name them? if we must name them, give them made up ones, like passwords, such as 'wzhtyqf'. that'll stop the media in their tracks. bet you wouldn't see too many headlines such as "washington, d.c preparing for wzhtyqf" . or why not give them a letter and a number, followed by the date? there is no need to romanticise hurricane katrina by attributing personality; the destruction and suffering along with loss of lives and homes needs no romanticising or personlising.

until then, this is the list for 2005:

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Dennis
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irene
Jose
Katrina
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rita
Stan
Tammy
Vince
Wilma

1 comment:

Annie said...

Names are not accidental. www.behindthename.com is a nice website to find the "history" of names. For instance, Katrina is traced here to the possible old form of "Hecate." Sort of the pagan equivalent to Kali, i guess. Destruction or "de-construction" is usually necessary for restructuring or creation. I like the idea of *not* giving these forces of nature a humanoid name. Maybe an alphabet letter would suffice. But then the gov. would have to go about and change an entire system. God forbid. We can't seem to manage the one that's in place with any level of competence!
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