Give Y a Break
*Edited 8/31: Totally unrelated but interesting PSA at the bottom. Please read.
I'm far from being associated with the letter police. I've committed my fair share of letter violations - particularly overusing the letters "F U" and fairly neglecting of the letters "ME" on various occasions. But now, I'm on a mission.
Call me judgmental but I prefer to think of myself as a "Letter Advocate."
If you haven't noticed, we're in the midst of a letter crisis and if we're not careful, we may cause one or more letters to go on permanent strike. Don't freak out - the letter "z" is prefectly fine. In fact, I'd appreciate it if he'd come out of exile and make a visit to my house, particularly between the hours of 8:30pm and 7:30am.
No, I'm talking about the letter "y." Sure, it's lived in the shadows of "a & e" for a long time. Many folks don't even know the last part of the vowel song - "sometimes Y and W" damnit. But now? The love of "y" is out of control. So, I'm writing this today to make a plea to all new and expectant mothers to give "y" a break. I mean, clearly, if you keep overusing "y" then we're all going to get screwed.
Don't get me wrong, I know that "y" functions quite well in names like "Mary," Audrey," and "Evelyn." But when you start using upwards of two or more "y"s in one name, say "Allysyn" or "Jamysyn," you're double dipping in the big bowl of letters. And there aren't going to be enough "y's" to go around.
Maybe you don't write a blog, but I do. And damnit, I rely heavily on my extreme overusage of adverbs. And let's face it. What the hell is a "ak" or a "east infection?" Who ever heard of the color "ellow?" And I just don't think Jewel would have gotten as famous if she was just "odeling."
Where would the Beatles be with a song called "esterda?" We'd lose a whole line of the soon to be defunct "Micke Mouse" song... Sorry, we can't love you because Julie Jones decided to name her daughter Madysyn Elyse and so we had to get rid of that part of the song.
So, I beg you, on behalf of the very tired letter "y" - enough already! It's okay for people to be able to spell your kids name on the first try. Just think of all the time and energy you'll save yourself (and your kid) by not having to say "no, it's ______ with a "y."
Plus, you won't make it two seconds through labor and delivery if all you can do is "ell." And when the nurse asks you if you want an epidural and all you can say is "es" - well, that's really going to suck.
Take my advice, for the sake of us all. Give Y a break.
*There's an interesting discussion going on in the comments of my post over at The Mom Trap regarding race and culture as it relates to motherhood. Is a mom just a mom just a mom? Or is fair to say that my experience as a white mom is going to be different than say a Latino mother or an Asian mother? Or do we all just love our kids and that should be enough? Go visit and share your thoughts.