Thursday, July 15, 2010

Little Miss Perfect: A Recap of Naming Catastrophes

After focusing on Toddlers and Tiaras, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at the names of girls that appeared on the show Little Miss Perfect. When I checked out the website, I noticed a few strange things.

First, the spellings of children's names on this show are by far better than most of the names on Toddlers and Tiaras. That's not to say that there weren't creative names, but we'll get to that shortly.

Secondly, there were a lot of duplicate names, and not necessarily names that I would expect. There were two girls with Kendall-style names. One was named Kendall (the proper way) and the other was Kyndal. I hate to break it to Kyndal's parents, but the Y sound does not match the eh sound in many dialects. As such, Kendall is spelled properly and Kyndal spells something resembling the word kindle. These two things are not equal.

There was also a Shelby and a Shelbie. While Shelby is the traditional spelling, tells us that Shelbie is acceptable.

Anyway, on the topic of creative vs. un-creative names, Little Miss Perfect does pretty well. Jayne, Maggie, Trinity, Taylor, Madison, and Alexa are all, well, normal, properly spelled names. Props to these parents! They may destroy the self esteem of their children with pageants, but at least they have decent names.

Too bad I can't say the same for contestants Mayce and Jacee. If I remember correctly, these two girls were close friends and competitors. I really think their moms had a competition to see who could choose the worst spelling of an 'acey' name. Macy? Perfect. Jacey? Also good. Even spellings like Macie and Jaci could be acceptable, but Mayce looks like a misspelling of the word mace, and if you read my blog, you already know how I feel about ending names in double E's.

Other Little Miss Perfect names with bad spellings: Hadlie and Destinee. To me, Hadlie isn't really a name at all, let alone a feminine name for a pageant queen. And Destinee? Do you really have to misspell a name that is a word? You have some leeway with names like Christina (Kristina, Cristina) because that's a name. But destiny is a thing. It is a word. It has a definitive spelling and definition. Seriously, people.

On an unrelated note, the Shannon twins, Karissa and Kristina, from the short lived second attempt at "The Girls Next Door" spilled the fact that living at Hugh Hefner's mansion meant living like a child. They had a 9 PM curfew and lots of rules to follow. I believe it, but it sure is a far cry from the Playboy mansion that was described in the absolutely amazing book Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion.

1 comment:

Annette said...

Wow, this is an interesting post! I agree that while names are important so are the way they are spelled. I'm more of a traditionalist myself--strange spellings just end up causing confusion in the longrun. They can also take a toll on a child's future and/or view of himself/herself for sure.