When a Reddit user discovered the “outrageous” names her sister had chosen for her soon-to-be-born twins, he couldn’t keep his opinions to himself. However, his sister didn’t take his comments well and ended up disinviting him from her wedding. But was her reaction justified? Here’s the full story:
The Original Poster (OP) began his tale by giving some background on his family. He’s the youngest of three siblings. His sister, Katie, is the middle child; his brother, Ian, is the oldest. OP describes how Katie’s the one sibling who really “made it” in life, but adds that those words are hers as opposed to anyone else’s…
OP then shed light on why his sister thinks so highly of herself. Apparently, she went to Yale law school and is now set to marry a neurosurgeon who trained at Stanford. Those two details will come up again later, just in a very different context.
She Looks Down on Them
Anyway, OP explains that Katie looks down on both him and his brother. She thinks they aren’t “as ambitious/successful/credentialed” as her.
She’s Very Vocal about It
Not only that, but she’s astonished the family business remains profitable. After all, it’s been run for a decade by someone who never attended college and only earned Cs in high school – AKA, OP. She also once told Ian he’d “wasted his potential.” Just like Katie, he’d been valedictorian at high school, but then dropped out of college to help their mom with the family business (after their dad died).
With the context covered, OP then revealed how the recent argument come about with his sister. Basically, they’d recently let everybody know that she’s pregnant with twin boys. She also told everyone what their names would be…
The Names Were…Unique
Yale and Stanford. Yep, they’d decided to name their kids after the colleges they’d attended. Initially, OP congratulated them on the amazing news. But then he thought about it and decided to send a follow-up message…
He Criticized the Names
OP told his sister “that it wasn’t right to give the boys ridiculous names.” He thought it would put them both under unhelpful amounts of pressure to be successful. OP also wondered what the outcome would be if little Yale and Stanford didn’t end up as “perfect as she hoped.”
Katie Wasn’t Happy
Understandably, perhaps, Katie didn’t respond well to OP’s message. She replied, “I wasn’t asking for opinions, especially from someone like you.” She then told him he was no longer invited to her wedding – a fact that would only change if OP issues “a sincere apology.”
He Wasn’t Going to Go Anyway
OP says he wasn’t overly upset by being uninvited from the wedding. He’d actually thought about not going anyway because she’d always been so condescending toward him. Her message was simply the final nail in the coffin.
Was He In the Wrong?
OP turned to Reddit to get a fresh perspective on the situation. He’d told his brother about it, but he wasn’t sympathetic, telling OP that he should have “kept [his] thoughts to himself. But what did Reddit think? Was he the bad guy?
Reddit Was On His Side
The final verdict on Reddit was very much in OP’s favor. While people agreed it was wrong in general to criticize baby names, Yale and Stanford were so bad they made an exception.
One person said, “I was thinking YTA [you’re the a**hole], but didn’t realize I missed the actual names. Stanford and Yale are stupid names. I personally like “Evergreen Community College” as a name, if they are gonna go that route.” Another Redditor wrote, “I would have a HARD time forgiving my parents if they named Stanford or Yale omg.”
He Shouldn’t Attend the Wedding
Aside from that focus on the baby names, other people honed in on his sister’s attitude. One wrote, “Don’t go the wedding she sounds insufferable.” Someone else voiced similar sentiments: “Your sister sounds absolutely insufferable and conveniently forgets that the family business that she looks down…provided a roof over her head, and food on her plate as she was growing up.”
What Do You Think?
Having heard the story, whose side are you on? Do you think OP was wrong for criticizing his sister’s choice of baby names? Or are the names so bad he was justified to give his honest opinion? Drop a comment with your thoughts.
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