Friday, January 16, 2015

Carnival of Endogeneity: Kevinismus Edition

This is so great, people. Apparently Kevinismus is a rare German illness than manifests in parents giving their kids weird "american" names like Kevin (by the way it's Irish which infuriated my Scottish grandfather to no end).

Here's the linky


"At some point in the last couple of decades, parents in Germany started coming down with Kevinismus— a strange propensity to give their kids wholly un-German, American-sounding names like Justin, Mandy, Dennis, Cindy, and Kevin. Kids with these names tend to be less successful and have more behavior problems in school. Studies of the Kevinismus phenomenon attribute these effects to a combination of teachers’ prejudices toward the names, and the lower social status of parents who choose names like Kevin."

Hat tip to the one and only Mrs. Angus!

1 comment:

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