Friend Correcting Mom-to-Be's Plan To Name Her Baby After an STI Praised

A friend who corrected a mom-to-be over plans to name her baby after an STI has been praised online, despite the pair falling out over it.

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

At a recent meet-up with a group of friends she discussed potential names, but got confused over a historical moniker with links to Greek mythology.

Ah_throw8623 explained: "Yesterday we all got together to hang out and she told us her latest favorite. Chlamydia. Before I had time to get over my shock, she starts going on about how ever since we had to read The Odyssey in high school, she's always liked her in Greek mythology.

File photo of baby names.
A mom-to-be mistakenly announced she was naming her baby after an STI. File photo of baby names. Liudmila Chernetska/Getty Images

"It takes a minute but from the context she gives in the conversation I figure out that she's talking about Clytemnestra (if you don't know and don't want to search, she's the wife of king Agamemnon and sister of Helen of Troy).

"So I interrupt her and go, 'Wait, you mean Clytemnestra not Chlamydia. Right?' 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.

The STI is treated with antibiotics and the U.K.'s National Health Service says: "Although chlamydia does not usually cause any symptoms and can normally be treated with a short course of antibiotics, it can be serious if it's not treated early on.

"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'd made, Ah_throw8623 quickly corrected the expectant mom, but that didn't go down too well.

Wait, you mean Clytemnestra not Chlamydia. Right?"
Ah_throw8623

They continued: "I have to explain to her that she's got the name mixed up and that chlamydia is an STD [sexually transmitted disease] not a figure from Greek mythology. After I bring up a google search to prove my point, she gets all awkward and quiet. The mood for the rest of our time together kinda soured.

"When I get home, I see she sent me a long text telling me that I was a bad friend for embarrassing her in front of everyone like that. She says I could have brought it up in private and didn't need to be so condescending about it. She was just talking about a name she liked and I made her feel like an idiot.

"I ignored the text cause she was kind of being an idiot. She just went based on a decade old memory of a book we read in high school and mixed up the name with 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 others in the friendship group also texted to say how upset the mom-to-be was, claiming 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 her think her STD baby name would be a good choice.

"Imagine how embarrassed she would have been after she found the mistake later and realized that none of her friends had the decency to tell her the truth," the Redditor added.

The post, that was shared in April, has amassed more than 9,000 upvotes.

The top 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 views, as FalconMean720 wrote: "Exactly. The friend has pregnancy brain and got names mixed up. OP [original poster] did what was necessary and her other friends should feel awful about not having said something. Like they seriously gonna let this baby be named after an STD."

Dawn13009 thought: "I had the worst case of pregnancy brain when I was pregnant, but I would have fully expected to be stopped, and laughed at if I tried to name my baby after an std. NTA."

Cant_keep_quiet commented: "Right? She said it was a group of friends who got together. Why didn't anyone else speak up? And what's to be embarrassed about if it was a group of friends? What kind of friends are these?"

Phantomheart replied: "Also, everyone else around is going to know what Chlamydia is. She only embarrassed herself. You wouldn't have even needed to say anything. NTA."

Hoginlly said: "Also... she embarrassed herself. Does the friend not realise she announced 'chlamydia' to her friends herself? OP pointing out her mistake didn't inform the others of her stupidity, they all already knew!"

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All-I-See-Is-Ashes joked: "These are my kids chlamydia. Gonorrhea, and Herpes."

"Everyone else there (hopefully) caught what was wrong with the name so this should have been a funny baby brain story. NTA, you saved her and her child mountains of embarrassment," Zeldon9 replied.

TheRestForTheWicked pointed out: "Clytemnestra is a pretty tragic figure too as far as Greek mythology goes. 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 the story about Clytemnestra inspired OP's friend to use her as a namesake."

As some people pointed out, Clytemnestra had a tragic life. As Britannica says, she was the daughter of Ledar and Tyndareus, and wife of Agamemnon.

"She took Aegisthus as her lover while Agamemnon was away at war," Britannica explains. "Upon his return, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus murdered Agamemnon. Clytemnestra was then killed by her son, Orestes, with the help of his sister Electra, in revenge for his father's murder."

Newsweek has reached out to Ah_throw8623m for comment.