Special K

29 Oct

I can’t have favourites in this job; I should offer encouragement or admonisment, as appropriate.

Yet I’ve become self-conscious over one coincidence. Many of the PR students I hold up for special praise share a first name in common. There’s Katy Jameson and Katy Marshall, mentioned previously in this blog; Katie King, an energetic student journalist; and Katie Matthews, who has written about her memorable visit to Number 10 Downing Street in the current issue of Behind the Spin and who spoke up in my support in a debate this evening. I could go on: Kate Adams is missed and Cat Cook is remembered at this university.

Is this a coincidence, or is there some form of bias at play? I have a sister named Catherine, though she’s always been known by her second name, Clare. Among my closest friends is a Kate and a Katy, though none has any connection with public relations.

Perhaps I’ll have to go for affirmative action, or move up the alphabet like tropical hurricanes. Laura and Lauren, you’re next. (I don’t know anyone called Larry.)

4 Responses to “Special K”

  1. Paull Young 30/10/2007 at 3:23 am #

    We’re pretty close as well Richard – my mother’s name? You guessed it – Cate.

  2. Lauren Vargas 30/10/2007 at 2:18 pm #

    Up next?! I may not be a student, but I am a long-time reader.

  3. Katy Marshall 30/10/2007 at 2:28 pm #

    Interesting observation there Richard! There’s obviously something about the name Katy, although I wouldn’t like to comment – I’m biased!

  4. Katie Matthews 09/11/2007 at 9:29 pm #

    I wondered if the meaning behind the name would shed any light on the issue.
    The name Katie is of Greek origin, the Greek word katharos means pure, and signifies innocence.
    The name Richard means powerful ruler or brave one and it’s origin is Old German or Old English.
    I think I’d rather be a Richard!

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