Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Name of the Day...

...belongs to Robert Mickey, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

When I first encountered his name in a piece in the Times yesterday, "Comey’s Firing Tests Strength of the 'Guardrails of Democracy,' " it didn't strike me as so odd. But then the second to last paragraph begins with, "Mr. Mickey, however..." and I thought, it's a little hard to take anyone seriously with a name like Mr. Mickey.

"Now don't get angry, Mr. Mickey."

"Cheer up, Mr. Mickey."

"See here, Mr. Mickey!"

How do you say any of those sentences without breaking into laughter?

P. S. The writer of this headline in an article in the Michigan Daily was so distracted apparently by his last name that he referred to him as David Mickey.

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