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5/11/11

mckenzie

We need to stop naming our kids Mckenzie. Or any variation Mckensie, Mckensey, Mckenzeeee, etc. Because I have at least three of them in each class, and it is getting confusing. Unless you want your child mentally labeled as Blonde Mckenzie, Ginger Mckenzie, Mean Mckenzie, Nice Mckenzie, Hates Reading Mckenzie, Mckenzie-looks-like-a-girl-I-knew in high school, Mckenzie-looks-like-a-girl-I-knew in college, etc. Also, it is really hard to grade a paper simply labeled as "Mckenzie" when ALL THE MCKENZIE'S HAVE THE EXACT SAME CHEERLEADER HAND-WRITING.

Is there a special camp where cool and popular girls go to learn the official hand-writing? It must be invitation-only, and fairly intensive. Do you get kicked out of the club if you slip out and use your natural writing?

Girls, it is really hard to grade what appears to be nothing but repeated heart-shapes and stick figures.


I'm sorry if your name is Mckenzie. I will grandfather you into the system immediately, it is a very nice name.



Before you get mad, remember that I am no stranger to adding my last initial to my first name to distinguish myself. Growing up, I was always Stephanie N. I share my maiden name with a Utah celebrity (prompting me to change my maiden name to my husband's because I was tired of people emailing me to see if I had been in a plane crash.)

Moral of the story: (besides the fact that there is no real point to this post?) I'm starting to think names like "Apple," and "Moxie Crimefighter" aren't so bad.

22 comments:

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

hahahaha... I'm laughing but it couldn't be truer than true.

Also? We need to stop changing the spelling of the names of our kids just to be unique. That kid doesn't want to have to be unique in that way! Let him/her develop a hobby, not have to constantly correct "no, that's an iew, where there should be a y"

Midwayedancer said...

Well I teach second grade and the o=popular name is Isabel, Izabella, etc. So get ready.

Colt said...

I am thinking of taking the George Foreman route and just naming all of my children George.

Abby said...

Ha ha ha. My sister-in-law is named McKenzie. So is her best friend. I think that 17-20 years ago, it was the name of the hour.

Luckily my sissy-in-law goes by Kenzie.

~j. said...

I don't understand the handwriting. I DON'T UNDERSTAND. I was NOT the one to teach my daughter that the 'leg' (for lack of a better term) of a capital R sticks straight out, parallel to the bottom of the page, and I can't stand when she writes it like that. WHO IS TEACHING THIS HANDWRITING?!?

Ms. Quantz said...

I'm so glad somebody said something about the handwriting. I thought I was crazy, although I think it comes less from cheerleading and more from scrapbooking.

{B} said...

I completely agree with this entire post. :)

Fig said...

Jenny, it seeps into your brain via osmosis as you near puberty. What I don't get is why it hasn't changed in fifteen years. The cheerleaders I went to school with wrote the same way ... AND STILL DO.

Andrew and Becca said...

Just "McKenzie" on their papers? Don't you teach in a high school? I am always amazed when students older than 9 think it's appropriate to only put their first name on any sort of paper. Because of COURSE the world is only comprised of a couple dozen of people where everyone knows exactly which "McKenzie" you are.

geoffsn said...

Gotta be a Utah thing. I only know one person named McKenzie and she was mormon.

Liv said...

AGREE AGREE AGREE.

Popular names = annoying.
Random spelling = annoying.
Clone handwriting = annoying.

Having the Italian version of a popular name isn't much easier for me. I'm always always always answering to "olivia," no matter how long I drag out the LLLLLLL when I say my name is just LIVIA. People are stupid.

b. said...

Yes. On all accounts.

But especially the popular girl handwriting and the idea of a summer camp for perfecting the craft.

Queen of the Castle said...

I used to give extra credit for typed homework. It ranged from 1 point to 5 points depending on the assignment. Made correcting papers super fast.

Julie said...

Hehe. I used to be jealous I wasn't in the secret cheerleading handwriting club. Don't worry. I grew out of that phase.

S.B.Niccum said...

I go by S.B. for quite the opposite reason. Silvina is Latin for "Forest" and it's an Italian name. Here, I get comments like..."Sylvania like the lightbulbs?" So take your pick...either way the morons will find you!
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Mrs. Clark said...

Hahahaha! Agree with Midwayedancer too. And Ethan--my 27-year-old son is Ethan, and he was the only one around 25 years ago. Now there are 4 Ethans under the age of 8 in my ward.

Got a great newspaper supplement from a friend a few weeks ago. Babies born in 2010 in the Blackfoot, ID area. Not a Mary among them, but several variations of Brinley.

And totally agree about the cheerleader handwriting. Though that tends to be more prevalent in UT.

Recession Cone said...

People don't care much etymology these days. But as for me and my house, any name that starts with a variation of Mc or ends with a variation of son is not fit for a woman. Addison, Madison, McKenzie, ...

melissa said...

this is hilarious. thank you

Stephanie said...

@Nicole: Bahahaha, your Mckenzie will be perfect. And the exception. I like Emery too, though.

Since my opinion clearly matters.....(wink.)

Em said...

HA! our one year old is named Makenzie:) but we call her max b/c her middle name is Maxine.

Ginee Scabrough said...

ok, mine are ashley and Chris. They all think they are the only ones in class, even though they have grown up with each other. I have stopped grading any paper without a last name. No one is Cher, Madonna, Bono, or Elvis in my class at 14 - yet. But I am the opposite. The only Ginee` that was pronounced in the South like Forest Gump instead of rhyming with Renee`. I just waited for it every year.

JennyX said...

I know this comment is months behind, but felt the need to comment. The Mackenzies of this world will be just fine despite how common their name is. I am Jennifer and I turned out okay. Don't think it's a big deal.

But the handwriting! Truly a problem.