846. Little Bo Peep

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When Gloria and Klaus has their first, and as it turned out their only, baby – a girl – she was the cutest new-born on earth. She was so cute in fact that they called her Little Bo Peep.

“Oh what a cute baby!” people would say. “What is she called?”

“Little Bo Peep!”

“What a perfect name for someone so cute!”

By the age of five, Little Bo Peep had grown ringlets in her hair. She was even cuter.

At high school, Little Bo Peep dropped the “Little”. It was too babyish.

In her early twenties, Bo Peep began to spell her name B-E-A-U Peep. Then later she changed the spelling of Peep to P-E-P-Y-S. Quite frankly, she’s grown out of her cuteness.

These days, Beau Pepys is head of a gigantic international corporation. There’s the occasional snigger, but it’s always followed by a head roll.

33 thoughts on “846. Little Bo Peep

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    I think someone already said this, but….”What’s in a name?” Beau is such an appropriate masculine name for the female CEO of a giant corporation, isn’t it?

    Next, she’ll be paying someone at Ancestry.com to concoct documents that show her in a direct line of descent from the famous British diarist, Samuel Pepys.

    It’s not so hard to create an imaginative story of one’s provenance or past. Our American presidential candidate,Hillary Clinton, claimed that she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, until it was discovered that the man who conquered Everest did so in 1953 and Ms. Clinton was born in 1947.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      When Bill (Clinton) came to NZ on a State Visit, the official dinner had Hillary to sit next to Edmund Hillary. Hillary didn’t turn up – she sent her mother Mrs Rodham!

      On another point altogether – and possibly a little bit of a “discourteous” one… Do you pronounce your surname as “Joe-bin” or “Job – rhymes with knob – in”?

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      1. Cynthia Jobin

        Not discourteous at all.. Until I left the small town where I grew up, I didn’t realize there were so many pronunciations of those two simple syllables; we always pronounced it as in “joe-bin.” In my travels I have often encountered “jobbin.” The French Canadians pronounce it as “job-ainh” and the South Americans as “joe-bean” or even “joe beam.” Go figure. I won’t go into the possible pronunciations of Cynthia.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Thanks – the Jobins I have known have been Joe-bin but the Joblins have been Jobblin. And each time I type your first name I have to double check. Twice it has been mistyped and I dread to think the send button could so easily be pressed…

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Gosh – I thought “head roll” was a universally known phrase. “Tidy up your act you lot or heads will roll!” Get the sack! Get the boot! Off with their heads! After the terrible fiasco of misreporting in the paper, you can be sure a few heads will roll…

      Thanks for pointing it out, Pauline. Does anyone else know the expression?

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          1. Cynthia Jobin

            I have heard the expression “head roll” used when I was studying Qi Gong. It is an exercise for loosening the muscles of the neck, rolling the head in a slow circle, first clockwise then counter clockwise as one of several relaxation techniques….of course I’ve also heard of rolling heads, coming hot off the guillotine.

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  2. Rob McShane

    My head has never rolled or been shot out of a cannon or set to by a flame but the expressions are known to me.
    Beau Pepys, however, I am sure I have met and married but only under the impression she was still Bo Peep (if not little anymore), so it didn’t last.
    Great story Bruce.

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