A journalist in Australia has legally named her baby “Methamphetamine Rules” after a “light, weird attempt” to define how the government rejects names deemed inappropriate.
Australian ABC reporter Kirsten Drysdale was pregnant when she was working on a news segment that focused on the question, “How can I legally name my baby?” according to News.com.au. Drysdale said she was trying to find out if the registry office provides children with default names if a parent’s submission is rejected.
Drysdale said she tried to get answers directly from the office, but received no response. She decided to find the most “outrageous” name for her own child, under the assumption that the name would be rejected and she could reveal the secretary’s default names.
In Australia, many states and territories ban names that contain sexual acts, profanity, curses or could be considered offensive or contrary to the public interest, News.com.au reported.
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“We thought, what’s the most outrageous name we can think of that will definitely not be accepted?” Drysdale told News.com.au this week.
“The meth rules we thought would definitely be dropped, and then when it is, we can find out what name the Secretary chooses,” he added. “It was really a light, curious attempt to get an answer to that question.”
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The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages of New South Wales, Australia, however, did not reject the name and Drysdale’s newborn son was legally named “Methamphetamine Rules”.
He received his birth certificate weeks later and expressed shock at how the name was approved.
“I don’t know how it got through,” Drysdale said. “I’m not sure if someone was overloaded or if it was automated somewhere.
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“Or possibly, maybe they thought Methamphetamine was a Greek name,” he said. “They haven’t really given us a clear answer.”
The registrar’s office told local media that the slip was “very unusual” and has already updated its process for approving names. “Baby Meth’s” name should be changed to a “regular” name in the coming days, News.com.au reported.
“The Registry has since strengthened its procedures in response to this highly unusual event,” the secretary’s spokesman said. “The vast majority of parents do not choose a name for their newborn baby that is obscene, offensive or contrary to the public interest.”
Drysdale is not revealing her son’s real name, noting that he has no drug connection.
“Baby Meth’s real name … I’m not revealing that publicly, because I don’t want it to be associated with that,” Drysdale said.
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“It’s a beautiful name and I can tell you it has nothing to do with Class A drugs,” the journalist mom continued. “We think it will be a very unique 21st birthday present to tell him this story.”