The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 January 2006

Maintaining uniform bellicosity

Vinton-Shellsburg School in Benton County, Iowa is the home of the Vikings — and the Vikettes.

Students and townsfolk are divided over this name for the girls' teams: some want to preserve three decades of tradition, others see the "-ette" suffix as an insulting diminutive.

Normally I tend to side with the traditionalists, but "Vikette" grates on me; it sounds like an anonymous backup singer.

How about "Valkyries"?

(Via Tongue Tied.)

Posted at 8:34 AM to Say What?


Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 9:33 AM on 17 January 2006

That was my original title, in fact; I discarded it because I thought it sounded like a patent medicine, what you'd get if you got the manufacturer of Goody's headache powders to make a knockoff of Midol.

Besides, Valkyries kick butt. Ask Siegfried. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:07 AM on 17 January 2006

Valkyrie's great! I named one of my Doberman's that. Do they still allow freshmen to be called freshmen or are they 9th graders? Rolling my eyes here.

Posted by: Diane at 10:26 AM on 17 January 2006

I like Valkyries a lot more than the other suggestions, and yeah, Vikettes does sound like somebody's background singers. Actually reminds me of the Ikettes, backup to Ike and Tina Turner.

Posted by: Bryan at 2:01 PM on 17 January 2006

What Bryan said. My brain went immediatly to Ike Turner Land, and that's just not good for morale.

Posted by: aldahlia at 5:00 PM on 17 January 2006

Besides, Valkyries kick butt. Ask Siegfried. :)

I think they should call 'em the Tigers. Ask Roy.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:47 PM on 17 January 2006

I'm more partial to "Berserkeresses".

Rule of thumb when it comes to cheerleading squads: Always shoot for maximum silly.

Posted by: CT at 8:31 AM on 18 January 2006