Your name must not be rude in any foreign language

We read:
"It had been a term of endearment which had cemented links with her Greek heritage and first adorned her cars more than five years ago following a loving gift from her husband.

But the nickname Kiki, given to lawyer Kristen Perry before she could even walk, has now put her in hot water with the Roads and Traffic Authority because her number plate also translates into a term for female genitals in the Filipino language of Tagalog.

Mrs Perry has been left flabbergasted after being sent a "please explain", the RTA threatening to confiscate the number plate if she did not "show cause" within a fortnight.

Mrs Perry said Kiki was a shortening of her name in the Greek language and the number plates were given to her by her husband, Steven, five years ago

And she did not take long to reply to the RTA. "I have never been advised by anyone who speaks the Tagalog language that my name or number plate offends them," she wrote. "... it has been my name since birth and your letter calling my name 'offensive' is disturbing."


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