Internet Defends Woman Who Openly Said Coworker's Twins' Names Were 'Idiotic'

The internet has come to the defense of a woman who claimed in a viral Reddit post that she openly called her coworker's twins' names "idiotic."

Posting to Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" forum on Thursday under the username u/Deadlybutterknife, the woman explained that she made the comment during her colleague's "first appearance" back in the office since having the twins.

The post, found here, has received more than 8,600 up-votes and over 1,800 comments.

"A co-worker of mine recently had twin boys after a long battle with infertility. She has made her first appearance in the office with her new babies to introduce them to our team," u/Deadlybutterknife wrote.

"When asked what she had named the boys (as up until this appearance she was undecided) she told me that she was naming them 'Sean,'" u/Deadlybutterknife continued.

Thinking that only one of the babies was named Sean, u/Deadlybutterknife asked her colleague for the second baby's name. But she quickly found out that both babies shared the name.

"No, they are both Sean, one with an 'A' and one with an 'E' so 'Sean' and 'Seen,'" said u/Deadlybutterknife's coworker.

The coworker's last name also happens to be "Sean," according to u/Deadlybutterknife.

"I immediately and without thinking said, 'that is the most idiotic thing I've heard, and it's going to be so confusing,'" u/Deadlybutterknife recalled.

"A bunch of people laughed and a bunch immediately looked away. After she left, I got a few text messages saying it's not my place to comment on people's choices of names," she concluded.

In an edited version of the post, u/Deadlybutterknife clarified that both names are pronounced like "Shawn."

The BBC recently reported that "more twins are being born than ever before."

According to the network, "[a]bout 1.6 million twins are born each year worldwide, with one in every 42 children born a twin." However, twin rates over the years have increased—particularly in North America and Europe—thanks to "medically assisted reproduction" techniques such as IVF and artificial insemination, among others.

"These techniques all increase the likelihood of a multiple birth," said the BBC.

However, due to the health risks that twin births impose on both the mother and the children, professionals are pushing for an "emphasis" on "singleton births."

"This is important as twin deliveries are associated with higher death rates among babies and children, and more complications for mothers and children during pregnancy, and during and after delivery," University of Oxford Professor Christiaan Monden told the BBC.

Though some of u/Deadlybutterknife's coworkers told her she was wrong to comment on the names of someone else's children, many Redditors couldn't disagree more.

"I'm gonna get down-voted for this but NTA [not the a**hole]. I'm an identical twin. Matching names is probably the cruelest thing you could do to a person. It's not just confusing. It would keep the twins from developing identities outside their twin-ness," wrote u/cpink1022.

"NTA—it's going to be massive problems for these kids once they are adults... imagine credit reporting, financial problems or if one of them breaks a law... just a nightmare," said u/DrugGirlMedCpht.

"NTA. Good luck keeping their records apart for the next 80 years. I feel sorry for their teachers, friends, future spouses, creditors and law enforcement," added u/cassowary32.

Redditor u/Malpheous joked: "NTA. Not the hero she asked for, but the hero she needed."

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The internet has come to the defense of a woman who claimed in a viral Reddit post that she openly called her coworker’s twins’ names “idiotic.” BorupFoto/istock