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FAMILY WITH `FUNNY NAME’ IS USED TO THE `HO-HO-HOS’

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Dear Abby: Can you stand one more story about funny names? If so, you are welcome to use mine. It's Ho. Around Christmastime, our family has always been greeted with "Ho-Ho-Ho!"

In 1960, when I married my husband, there were only six Ho's in the Los Angeles telephone book. Apparently no one had heard of a last name with only two letters, so when I'd give my name over the telephone, I was asked, "Is it HOLE?" I'd repeat, "No, it's HO . . . just two letters, H and O."We have received letters addressed to "The Holes" and "The Halls." My husband's first name was Garrett, so some mail came addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Garrett."

When I got pregnant with our first child, here are some of the names the people in my office suggested: "If it's a girl, name her `Ida,' then her name would be `Ida Ho.' " "If it's a boy, name him Ivan, Westward, Tally, or even Gung . . ."

Also, some people added an "e" to our name. We explained we are not the garden tool.

Now, with the influx of Asians, there are many Ho's, and I'm sure some of them have had the above experiences.

- Amy C. Ho

P.S. My maiden name is Chow. When I was a girl, someone inserted an "r" in my first name, and I was called "Army Chow"!

Dear Abby: We are a military family stationed in Germany. On the day before Thanksgiving, your column read: "Why not invite a friend who lives alone to share a Thanksgiving meal?"

We acted on your suggestion and invited the elderly widow across the street to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. She accepted gladly and suggested that a few others in the neighborhood were also alone, so we included them.

The pleasure of our traditionally American feast was enhanced by the addition of these neighbors, even though they spoke practically no English. Thank you, Abby, for enriching our holiday.

- Thankful American Family

Dear Family: Thank YOU for picking up on the suggestion. Inviting others to share your holiday meal is what Thanksgiving is all about.

Dear Abby: My husband and I went to visit our daughter in Mississippi for Thanksgiving.

She prepared a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that she served on PAPER plates! She had plenty of porcelain plates in her cupboard.

Am I old-fashioned, or is this tacky?

- Holiday Visitor

Dear Holiday Visitor: Before passing judgment on a hostess for using paper plates, one would have to know how many guests she had for Thanksgiving dinner. Does she have small children to take care of? Did she have anyone to help her clean her house and prepare the holiday dinner?

In my view, the epitome of tackiness is criticizing the hostess who fed you.

Dear Abby: A quick response to the jaundiced view of sex, expressed by Lord Chesterfield ("The price is exorbitant, the pleasure is transitory, and the position is ridiculous"): The best is free of either payment or guilt, one may protract or re-experience the pleasure, and imaginative partakers may vary the position.

- Smoked Out By Chesterfield in Pine Mountain, Ga.