Friend fixes mum-to-be’s plan to name baby after rented STI

A friend who corrected a mum-to-be over plans to name her baby after an STI has been hailed online, despite the couple falling out.

In a viral Reddit thread posted on the popular r/AmITheA**hole forum, Ah_throw8623 explained that the woman was about five months pregnant and expecting a girl.

During a recent meeting with a group of friends, she discussed potential names, but got confused over a historical nickname tied to Greek mythology.

Ah_throw8623 explained, “Yesterday we all got together to hang out and she told us her latest favourite. Chlamydia. Before I had time to get over my shock, she started saying that since we had to read The Odyssey in high school, she always loved her in Greek mythology.

An expectant mother mistakenly announced that she was naming her baby after an STI. Stock photo of baby names.
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“It takes a minute but from the context she gives in the conversation, I understand that she is talking about Clytemnestra (if you don’t know and don’t want to look it up, it’s the wife of King Agamemnon and the sister of Helen of Troy).

“So I interrupt him and say, ‘Wait, you mean Clytemnestra and not Chlamydia.’ And she’s all, ‘No, I meant Chlamydia.'”

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.

STIs are treated with antibiotics and the UK’s National Health Service says: “Although chlamydia usually causes no symptoms and can normally be treated with a short course of antibiotics, it can be serious if left untreated. is not treated early.

“If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body and lead to long-term health problems, especially in women.”

Realizing the mistake she had made, Ah_throw8623 quickly corrected the mom-to-be, but it didn’t go too well.

Wait, you mean Clytemnestra not Chlamydia. Right?”

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They continued: “I have to explain to her that she confused the name and that chlamydia is an STD [sexually transmitted disease] not a figure from Greek mythology. After running a Google search to prove my point, she becomes all awkward and silent. The mood for the rest of our time together deteriorated a bit.

“When I get home I see she sent me a long text saying I was a bad friend for embarrassing her in front of everyone like that. She says I could have talked about it in private and I didn’t need to be. She was just talking about a name she liked and I made her feel like a fool.

“I ignored the text because she was kind of an idiot. She just relied on a decade-old memory of a book we read in high school and mistook the name for a common STD A simple Google search before getting so attached to the name would have solved the problem before there was one.”

A few other members of the friendship group also texted how upset the mum-to-be was, saying she deserved an apology.

“But I don’t think I have anything to apologize for, and besides, they were perfectly happy to sit there and let him think his baby name STD would be a good choice.

“Imagine how embarrassed she would have been after finding out about the mistake later and realizing that none of her friends had the decency to tell her the truth,” the Redditor added.

The post, which was shared in April, garnered more than 9,000 upvotes.

The lead comment, from Stubborn_panda26, said, “If she’s old enough to be pregnant, she should be old enough to know what chlamydia is. She embarrassed herself. NTA.”

Others had similar opinions, as FalconMean720 wrote: “Exactly. Friend has pregnancy brain and got the names mixed up. OP [original poster] did what was necessary and his other friends should feel bad for not saying something. Like they’re seriously going to let this baby be named after an STD.”

Dawn13009 thought, “I had the worst case of pregnancy brains when I was pregnant, but I expected to be arrested and would have been laughed at if I had tried to name my baby after a girl. std. NTA.”

Cant_keep_quiet commented, “Right? She said it was a group of friends that got together. Why didn’t anyone else talk? And what to be ashamed of if it was a group of friends? What kind of friends are they?”

Phantomheart replied, “Besides, everyone around is going to know what Chlamydia is. She only embarrassed herself. You wouldn’t even have had to say anything. NTA.”

Hoginlly said: “Also… she embarrassed herself. Doesn’t the friend realize that she herself announced ‘chlamydia’ to her friends? OP pointing out her mistake did not inform the others of his stupidity, they all already knew it!”

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All-I-See-Is-Ashes joked, “That’s my kids’ chlamydia. Gonorrhea and herpes.”

“Everyone there (hopefully) figured out what was wrong with the name, so this should have been a fun baby brain story. NTA, you saved her and her child, mountains of embarrassment,” Zeldon9 replied.

TheRestForTheWicked pointed out, “Clytemnestra is also quite a tragic figure when it comes to Greek mythology. I wouldn’t saddle a kid with that name.”

Agreeing, Captain_Quoll suggested, “Penelope is better. I’m all for Greek mythology, but I can’t figure out what part of Clytemnestra’s story inspired OP’s friend to use it as a namesake.”

As some have pointed out, Clytemnestra had a tragic life. As British said she was the daughter of Ledar and Tyndareus, and the wife of Agamemnon.

“She took Aegisthus as her lover while Agamemnon was away at war”, British Explain. “On his return, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus murdered Agamemnon. Clytemnestra was then killed by her son, Orestes, with the help of her sister Electra, in revenge for her father’s murder.”

Newsweek has contacted Ah_throw8623m for comment.

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