When the Royal Baby is born, any time now, it will be a girl, according to about 67% of some 50 psychics recently surveyed. If the psychics were guessing randomly, we would assume that about half of them would say "girl" and the other half would say "boy" but with a full 2/3rds saying one thing, we have to assume they are on to something. And, the lead psychic apparently said that one of the girl's names will be Diana. At least one of her names. So possibly two of her names. She might be Diana Diana Diana Windsor. Apparently, this is a possibili...
...wait, what? The baby has already been borned? Excellent! Now we can find out what she will be named?
What? The Royal Couple has not named the child yet, or a t least, not released the name? Well, no matter, we know one of the girl's names will be Dia....
... wait, what? What's that you say? The baby is a BOY? Not a girl? Are you sure? Let me check on that.
Whoa, you are right, it's a boy!
Huh. The psychics were mostly wrong. About everything!
Who would have predicted that?
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They are sacrificing the first prediction for the payoff of winning points on the second. If there's a high % that a girl will have 'Diana' in its name, then that's a prediction you can safely make, but only by first predicting it's a girl. Even if the probability of 'Diana' being used for a girl is not high (I'm no expert on how royal names are chosen, but skeptical on this) then you still get to play to people's emotions who want a Diana, which is what making 'psychic predictions' is really about.
I predict the new royal will be named Steve (or possibly Jethro).
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... was safely delivered of a son
Dean, British lingo regarding birth, etc. is fundamentally different than American. A woman "falls pregnant" and is later "delivered" of the child.
I predict the new royal will be George.
Your prediction is likely better than mine, but wouldn't KIng Steve (King Jethro) be cool?
Didn't realize common phrases differed so much. To me
"delivered of the child" makes it seem as though some illness has been remedied.
I like Jethro, but I'll go out on a limb here and predict that the new Prince will be named Williamanmary; a fine, traditional name too long lost from the Royal family. Alternatively, if they want to play to their (nominal) Saxon roots, Hengist is a good name. That way, he can have a wife (or horse) named Horsa when he matures.
To me “delivered of the child” makes it seem as though some illness has been remedied.
It's an archaic phrasing which reflects a time when a pregnant woman ran a substantial risk of dying in childbirth. In those days, a mother who survived the birth and produced a healthy child could indeed be said to have had a difficult medical condition remedied.
And you buy tickets from a guy that sells tickets for sold out events ... never a "scalper"
Also, in America, someone "knocks you up" and you're pregnant. In the UK someone "knocks you up" and you have tea or something.
Albert (traditional family name, BTW the actual name of KGVI, father of Liz, who in honor of his own father chose George as a throne name). OTOH maybe Albert is considered a little too Belgian at this point, and the usual "Bertie" might remind people too much of Wooster. We shall see soon enough.
And George it is. How unadventurous.