Huh, that makes sense. I always thought that as a joke his name kind of fell flat. There's an obvious build up with him saying it isn't important, but when you learn his name it isn't really clear why he didn't want to say it. It's just a kind of silly name (kind of silly in comparison to everything else in the universe).
But if his name was truly offensive, something that really made you stop and say "What the fuck? That's disgusting. Gross." then it's kind of funny. He didn't want to tell you because it's honestly offensive, but he also has to live with that name. What were his parents thinking? Is that acceptable in his native culture?
Why didn't Adams just name him "Belgium" then?
Lol Adams wanted the guys name to be farty fuck balls lololol
Every time I see some tidbit about the Guide, I just have this urge to read it again. Couldn't tell you now how many times I've read it. I've owned at least three different copies, including one that I absconded with from a friend because after eight years it sort of becomes mine.. I bought him a new one after I gave his copy away though. And of course I got one for myself. Ended up giving that away too.
Gotta share good books.
I love that he was messing with the secretary writing the script. It doesn't translate well in the Wikipedia article, but basically she have to *
carefully type out his name over and over, before each of his lines.
So after typing the name a bunch, you get to the line:
> My name is not important, and I'm not going to tell you what it is.
I always read it as Slarti-Fart-Blast in my head.
Once, I was at a theme park at a show. Prior to the show, they had an audience participation survey where they would show questions on a big screen and audience members could respond via text. The responses would appear on the screen and be attributed to a name given by the texter. I used the name Slartibartfast and was endlessly amused when it appeared.
Professor Poopypants can claim victory on this one.