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Why Do Incels Obsess Over Chad and Stacy?

July 2, 2019 LauraWattenberg 5 min read 5 Comments

How do you name an archetype? An idealized concept should feel realer than reality, summing up your whole image of a slice of the world. Whatever name you choose, it will reveal a lot about your worldview. That’s certainly the case with the online subculture of “incels” and the two […]

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U and I, uu and ii

June 26, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 10 Comments

Aa is for Aaron, oo is for Cooper, ee is for Lee. Traditionally, that’s as far as doubled vowels go. The letters u and i just don’t double up in American English, in words or in names. At least, they didn’t. In this, generation, ii names have taken hold. The […]

The Top Baby Names in Every US State

May 16, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read No Comments

Liam and Emma continue to reign as America’s top baby names. Depending on where you live, though, you might be more likely to meet babies named Amelia and Oliver, or Harper and Grayson. For your browsing pleasure, here are the top 5 baby names in each state. While the top […]

Say Goodbye to Susan and 16 Other Baby Name Standbys

May 15, 2019 LauraWattenberg 4 min read No Comments

Not every name has the style strength to stick around for generations. This year we say goodbye to 17 of those long-lasting names, as they have dropped off the top-thousand popularity lists for the first time in at least 50 years. In a few cases, it was the first time […]

The Fastest-Rising Boys’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 3 Comments

Counting down the boys’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart: #5. Saint Kim Kardashian and Kanye West struck a chord with their first boy’s name choice. Saint fit in with popular “exalted” names like King and Messiah, while its sound set it gently apart. #4. Elián […]

The Fastest-Rising Girls’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 1 Comment

Counting down the girls’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart: #5. Oaklynn The hit name Brooklyn is starting to cool off, and Oaklyn/Oaklynn is stepping up as a natural heir. We’ve seen the same “headless” transformation before with shifts like Madison to Addison. #4. Mila Actress […]

The Marvel Baby Name Showdown You Won’t Believe

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 2 min read 3 Comments

2018 was a stellar year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Two of their superhero films, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were the year’s two top-grossing films. Each centered around a man who faces powerful enemies but ultimately triumphs as he pursues his vision of a better society. One of […]

The Most Popular American Baby Names of 2018

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 min read 6 Comments

Just announced, the most popular baby names in the USA: BOYS GIRLS 1 Liam Emma 2 Noah Olivia 3 William Ava 4 James Isabella 5 Oliver Sophia 6 Benjamin Charlotte 7 Elijah Mia 8 Lucas Amelia 9 Mason Harper 10 Logan Evelyn The top names, Liam, Emma, Noah and Olivia, […]

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