It is a measure of — well, something, surely — that the next variation on the theme of Sleeping Beauty will be an origin story for the presumably ever-villainous Maleficent, currently in production and scheduled for release in early 2014. (Any structural similarity to Gregory Maguire’s Wicked stories is, of course, entirely coincidental.)

Nancy, chronicler of baby names, asks, reasonably enough: “Do you think we’ll see baby girls named Maleficent when the movie comes out?”

I have my doubts. The name doesn’t lack for mellifluousness, but there’s going to be someone out in the Teeming Milieu who’s going to pronounce it “MALE-fiss-unt,” and that would kill it right there.

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    5 July 2012 · 12:51 pm

    Oh gads. So in 18 or so years, I’ll have students named Maleficent in my bio classes?

    let’s see. 2014 + 18 = 2032. Nope, won’t be quite retired yet. Damn. (Also, too early for Toutatis to have hit the Earth yet.)

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