Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Name Game

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Remember Bob, Mary, Martha, John, Tom, Dick, Harry, and Betty?

If you do you are either over 45 or thinking of your parents. Those names are as gone as 45 rpm records.

In The Flyer's excellent Hotties 2011 issue out this week, here are some of the names of the hotties: Chase, Whitney, Iyona, Shayla, Shiraz, Martavius, Alex, Cyndii, Jittapong, and Holly. There is one David and one James. So much for retro.

Continuing with the French theme in this issue, the featured tennis player is Gael Monfils. Memphis, we are the world.

Always ready to spot a trend, I declare that the letter "i" is the new "y," as in Cyndii (with two "i"s) and Wendi, as in Wendi Thomas, also known as newspaper columnist Wendi C. Thomas. The addition of a middle initial is now fairly standard Columnist 101 but I came in on the back end and it is too late.

My daughter's name is Katy but had she come along a decade or so later my wife and I might well have considered Kati, or the more formal Katherine as her walking-around name. It's her call now.

The hot names for hotties reflects the diversity of our fair city. Go Memphis! Go Memphians! Go Memphi! Or Memphii.


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