The glut of names

William Haefeli in the November 9 New Yorker:

Caption: “Will Kristen, Kirsten, and Kiersten please choose new names?”

What, no Kristin?

4 Responses to “The glut of names”

  1. V. Says:

    Or Kirstin.

  2. mollymooly Says:

    The three used are all pronounced differently. Some people distinguish unstressed /I/ from /@/, but not many. I would have offered Christine as a possible fourth.

    (C|K)(h|)(r(i|y)|(i|y)r)s(s|)t(i|y|e)n(n|)(e|)

  3. The Ridger Says:

    Kristin gets to keep hers, that’s why the others have to change! Kristin is the teacher’s pet.

  4. The Ridger Says:

    For me, Christine has a long E (iː) in the final syllable, which makes it immediately distinguishable from Kristen/Kristin, which would indeed sound alike to me.

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