So i notice the list of the most popular baby names of 2006 just came out. (seems a bit presumptuous with more than three weeks left in the year...what if there is a run on names like Coyote or Tuna Sandwich?)
And all in all I think the list is just fine. But my concern is the paragraph from the middle of the story...
Creative and unique spelling of baby names continues to be the most popular trend in 2006. Parents found 86 ways to spell the top 10 boys' names, and 163 ways to spell the top 10 girls' names. Unique twists on traditional spelling variations include: the letter "y" used in place of almost any other vowel; silent letters such as "h"; the use of apostrophes; inter-word capital letters; changing vowels (from "ee" to "eigh") and consonants ("k" instead of "c", "f" instead of "ph"). Creative spelling of this year's top boys name reveals Aiden spelled with an "e", Aiyden, and Aedyn. In previous years it was Aidan with an "a".
I appreciate, nay even applaud, the desire of parents to show some creativity. But when it comes to the spelling of the kids name, let's keep it a little but old school.Just imagine what it could be like when these kids get to first grade and have to learn how to spell...it will be a train wreck.
The teacher says, "now Aiyden, let's try our spelling words again. Spell 'dog.'"
And little Aiden says, "Dog. H'd-y-g-g. Dog."
Are you with me on this one?