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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Fun, confusion with American names

To the Editor:

Years ago, when someone told you a person’s name, you could tell if that person was a man or a woman.

If you were told that was James, Jimmy, or Elizabeth or Betty, it was never a problem to know if that person was male or female. Frank and Beatrice were coming to the party with John and Barbara.

But today, we have Karin, Dana, Taylor, Morgan, Meghan and Kelly being used as a first name for women.

Karin (yes, spelled with an “I” and pronounced like “car”) was a common Irish male first name. Examples: Karin Walsh was city editor for the Chicago Daily Times back in the 1940s. Dana Andrews was a good-looking leading man in movies about 20 years later. Robert Taylor was a well-known movie star.

And of course we had President Zachary Taylor. But today, we have a beautiful young female singer with the first name of Taylor.

Morgan was a common English last name many years ago. And of course we all know Kelly was, and still is, a common Irish last name.

Another problem we have is ladies wearing slacks and men with long hair. Sometimes from a distance, we don’t know whether that is Karin or Karen. Or maybe it’s Kelly or Kelly.

Isn’t this fun?

Kenneth Van Horn


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