Weather people at the WMO?
I love you, but if you actually are going to have the audacity to name a violent, destructive tropical storm after a peace-loving, martyred Mexican saint who opposed armed conflict - whose name is the Spanish word for the name 'Christopher' in English (which means "(male) Christ-bearer," mind you) - the least you could do is pronounce it correctly?
'Cristina/Christina' are the feminine forms. And the reason I know this because my own name, Chrystal, is a further conjugation of the feminine form, which means "fair Christian" - and all of these names are derivatives for types of Christians, based on the Latin/Greek words "Christus" and "Christos."
Like THAT name wasn't a lot to live up to, growing up? lol.
I think my mom was either expecting an evangelical televangelist or a redneck stripper, I'm not sure - but clearly, I was a great disappointment either way lol. :)
Oh well, if nothing else, I don't think my Mom was quite prepared for how seriously I was going to take the "being fair" part of my name, seeking equality and fair justice ;)
Now, I'm sure that my fellow liberals at the WMO in climate science were well-intentioned, when they made this decision and trying to be inclusive - but that just goes to show you how clueless even our own white-privileged liberals can be.
Because doing so is actually simultaneously insulting both Spanish/Latin culture and their largely Christian/Catholic faith.
For those unaware, St. Cristóbal Magellenes Jara or St. Christopher - is a very popular saint, in Mexico and Latin America - considered a Christian martyr during the Mexican revolution.
Though he was anti-armed conflict, he was falsely accused of creating conflict with the Cristero armed revolt, and thus sentenced to death, absolving and forgiving his executioners before his death - and it was later discovered that in fact, he had nothing to do with the armed revolt.
Also, there's a reason the accent is over the "O" in the name Cristóbal - and that reason is because the correct pronunciation of this name is "Khrees-TOE-buhl."
You can get away with "Khrees-toe-BUHL," in some Spanish-speaking cultures.
However, "KREES-ta-bahl" is completely unacceptable, anywhere - and that is how most weather news people are pronouncing it :/
Nevertheless, prayers going up for the NOLA/Mississippi area, particularly the poor - I think they've experienced enough :(