The Filipina maid went to New York. She walked into a grand mansion and was greeted by her new American boss.
“Hello. It’s nice to meet you,” the American said, “What’s your name?”
The grown woman responds, “My name is Baby.”
Yes, Filipinos name their babies Baby. Some are also named Girlie, Darling, Boy, Big Boy, etc. The question is why?
My theory is that this all boils down to language. For Americans, a baby is called a baby, so it doesn’t make sense to name a physical being using the common name that was pre-assigned to it. For Filipinos though a baby is a sanggol or anak. So when Filipinos name their babies Baby, they are naming their sanggol or anak with the foreign word Baby.
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