Farmington high School, the choice of the mascot, the phoenix, led to a debate after a resident realized that the plural, “phoenices” sounded like male genitalia.
(Fox Is Now 13)
A man in Utah started a petition Friday to change the mascot of a new high school, with the argument that the name will most likely be the butt of a dirty joke.
The mascot for Farmington high School expected to open in 2018, is set up as a phoenix, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
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But according to the petition, resident Kyle Fraughton is concerned that as supporters shout: “Go Phoenices!” at events, it will sound when they say a totally different word. And as of Tuesday night, more than 3,000 people agreed with him.
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“We were surprised to hear that the phonology of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises,” Fraughton wrote on the petition. “I don’t mean to hear, but do not want that there is confusion around the point that I’m trying to make.”
Fraughton said he first realized the similarity when he and some neighbors were practicing their cheering and looked up the proper plural of “phoenix”, which can be “phoenices.”
He argued in the petition that the people will easily make the connection, just as he did, and it will be used against the school in the form of crude humor.
“With this scenario to play out, there will be an endless barrage of references to male anatomy focused on our children as they participate in some form of sports against other schools,” he wrote. “In an attempt to be funny, and while the player is in the skin, the opposing student organisations will most certainly chant things like, “Go Phoenices!” That will be only the beginning if it does not take much imagination to figure out how vulgar this could get.”
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Fraughton then proposed that the students, who chose a phoenix as their mascot, are allowed to vote for a second time, so the Davis County School District is not the responsibility of our children being bullied.”
Chris Williams, a spokesman for the school district, told Fox 13 Now, “We don’t see anything about the plural version of phoenix there is something for you to do what is going to happen at the school or on the football field.”
“We think that students to rise to the occasion,” Williams said.