Jonathan blogged a while back about choosing a product name. Well, it appears that David and I will have to do something similar later this year, and I daresay our challenge is even more daunting, since when have you ever had to worry about how your product name sounds when it's yelled down the stairs, or if it rhymes with an insult that is in a six year old's vocabulary?
And if I might take a moment at this time to offer some advice to anyone who works with or interacts with a pregnant woman:
- Never, ever, ever use the expression "ready to pop", as in "You look about ready to pop!". Nothing good can come of this. If you must say something, say "You look awfully uncomfortable, poor thing, here let me rub your feet for you, why don't you go take the rest of the day off and take a nap?". This is an especially good thing to say if you happen to be this woman's manager.
- If she wears a red shirt, don't tell her she looks like a cherry.
- If she wears a purple shirt, don't tell her she looks like a grape.
- In fact, don't compare her to fruit at all.
- Once she's pregnant enough that it's obvious it's pregnancy, chances are that everywhere she goes, someone asks her "When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl?". Chances are she's tired of answering those questions. And did you really care about the answer anyway, or were you just making conversation?
- Pregnant women have all those hormones and stuff flying around their bodies, so they tend to be a little snippy and cranky and make lists of what not to do. Understand that this is just a phase, and deal with it.