When a Sydney mum announced the name of her fourth son, her best friend burst out in uncontrollable laughter. And then it clicked.
Jazz was heavily pregnant with her fourth son when her husband’s friend came over for a visit.
It was a special occasion as Jazz and her husband-at-the-time had finally settled on a name for the baby: Oscar.
But when they announced it, their friend immediately burst into loud laughter.
“He was hysterically laughing which made me confused… then he called the baby ‘an ounce’ and it finally clicked,” the Sydney mum-of-five told Kidspot.
Jazz says that until that moment she hadn’t realised that people referred to an “ounce bag of marijuana” as an ‘Oscar’.
She immediately burst out laughing – but then fell silent when it became apparent that her husband’s friend wasn’t finished.
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Jazz listened in shock as the man pointed out that her older three sons’ names also followed the same theme.
Charlie was cocaine, and Harry was heroin, I couldn’t see the Max connection at first – but he told me it’s a drink that has had GHB and amphetamines in it,” she recalls.
“I was half mortified and half hysterically laughing, hoping no one would ever pick up on it.”
‘I chose my sons’ names for a reason’
This was the first time Jazz had made any connection between her sons’ names and “drug slang terms”.
She explains that it was a coincidence – and revealed why she had chosen each of her sons’ names.
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Her first son Max was named after her now-ex-husband suggested it – which she had initially disliked.
“I thought it was a joke because it was such an old man’s name to me,” she adds.
“But the day of my baby shower, I asked my husband if he was serious about the name – he said yes, he loved it and somehow in that second I did too.”
Jazz’s now-ex also chose the name Charlie, which they would have used even if the baby was a girl.
“Harry was named after my grandfather Harold who passed away while I was pregnant with him,” Jazz explains.
“I was devastated they’d never meet – so I wanted him to have his name.”
‘I accidentally named my daughter after a drug slang term too’
Although Jazz was initially a bit embarrassed that she had accidentally named all her kids after drugs – she soon found the whole thing pretty funny.
“Over time I realised how hilarious it was and we’d point it out to people, who laughed just as hard with us about it.”
Incredibly, Jazz ended up unintentionally continuing the name trend with her fifth child – over 10 years later.
“My mum had always said she loved the name Billy Jo, (her name is Jo) and wished she could change her name to that, it just always stuck with me, and I loved it,” she explains.
“It wasn’t until later that I realised that Billy is a slang term for a bong… again we’d accidentally followed the same theme.
“None of it was intentional which always makes me laugh.
“But I absolutely love their names, and would choose them all again, I can’t imagine them being anything else. My take from it – always find some humour in your life.”
This article originally appeared on Kidspot and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as ‘I accidentally named my five kids after slang terms for drugs’
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