Farmington High School gained’t open till subsequent 12 months. When it does, it is going to serve the neighborhood in and round Farmington, a fast-growing metropolis in northern Utah. But the varsity already has a mascot, the Phoenix. The legendary hen was chosen by a vote of space kids; it beat out Farmers, Eagles, Firebirds, Silverback, Fox, and Silverfox.
But one man desires to alter all of that. Kyle Fraughton, a dad with children who will someday attend Farmington High School, doesn’t just like the nickname. He says the correct plural of the workforce title (Phoenices) sounds an excessive amount of like “penises.”
Fraughton has began a Change.org petition the place he states the horror of the present scenario:
After first listening to in regards to the mascot of Phoenix, I used to be training some cheers for the upcoming college 12 months with a few my neighbors only for enjoyable. We cheered, “Go Phoenixes!” However, it didn’t sound correct to us, so we seemed on-line to makes certain that we had been saying the pluralized phrase of Phoenix appropriately. We shortly found that though Phoenixes is an appropriate technique to say it, one other pluralization is Phoenices. So we modified our cheer to, “Go Phoenices!” Which is when the priority started to set in.
We had been horrified to listen to that the phonetics of the phrase Phoenices are far too near the phrase penises. I don’t imply to be crass, however don’t need there to be confusion across the level I’m making an attempt to make.
It has been acknowledged that we’ll solely confer with the mascot within the singular kind – Phoenix. I feel that’s an amazing concept in idea, however see actuality enjoying out far in a different way. Nearly all college mascots are referred to within the plural kind (Darts, Vikings, Braves, Wildcats, and many others.), so when you consider cheering, “Go Phoenix!” It sounds a bit unusual as a result of it’s grammatically incorrect. As occurred to my neighbors and me, highschool children will take a fast journey to Google or WordHippo to be taught that Phoenices is a plural type of the phrase. There are many individuals who discover the sort of factor humorous, and all it is going to take is one particular person to determine it out earlier than it goes viral. However, the truth is that this has already began to occur in our personal neighborhood as phrase has gotten out about this oversight. We are already being known as the Phoenices.
With this situation enjoying out, there can be a by no means ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our kids as they take part in any type of sports activities in opposition to different faculties. In an effort to be humorous and get underneath the participant’s pores and skin, opposing scholar our bodies will most definitely chant issues corresponding to, “Go Phoenices!” That will simply be the start because it doesn’t take a lot creativeness to determine how vulgar this might get.
I’m assured that the district doesn’t wish to bear the duty of our kids being bullied on account of our faculty mascot.
“I looked on Google and a couple hits down I saw that the plural of phoenix was either phoenixes or phoenices,” Fraughton informed the Salt Lake Tribune. “I have no interest in my daughter or my son playing sports and getting referred to as something like a penis.”
The college district says there aren’t any plans to alter the title. At publication time, practically three,000 individuals have signed the petition for a brand new college mascot.