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Sometimes the people we dislike coincide with a specific name, sometimes, we've heard a name too often in our lives, sometimes, we just can't really put our finger on it, but something about it sets us off the wrong way...

u/raven_1313 asked Reddit:

What is a name that has been ruined for you, and why?

Here were some of the answers.

Must Be The Mackenzie Way


I've met so many Mackenzies and all but one of them have been huge jerks.


Either Goddess Or Monster

My name, which is Isis; it's pretty self-explanatory. It sucks because every time I hear my name called out, I either hear people whisper around me or I often get stared at. I don't want to go through the hassle of changing my name legally, so I guess I have to suck it up and live with it.



When I was in 1st grade there was this troubled kid named James that would fight all the other children, steal things (like their lunches), and even started a fire in the bathroom. In hindsight, he probably needed a lot of help - but back to the point of OPs question. My GF suggested the name James for our upcoming son. Yeah, I had to put a stop to that one.


Yea, Gonna Be A No

No Adolf yet?

I guess Adolf. Sounds so innocent and normal in a vacuum.


End The Trend

Nevaeh. Ruined by EVERY mother who names their kid this including "It's 'heaven ' spelled backwards" EVERY time they tell you their name. Like, yeah, I got that in 2007 when the trend started.


Like A Good Neighbor

Maybe it's been said, but f*ck State Farm. My name is Jake and now EVERYONE goes "oh, like where are your khaki pants?" or "from State farm?". The only way I stay sane is by ruining the joke pretending to have never seen the commercial.


You Have Been Awarded One Yike


My name, which I've had for 33 years, is Michael Scott. I was a supervisor for ~20 employees at a call center during the height of a certain TV shows popularity. I hate my name and all cringe comedy.


Calm Days


I work with the special ed population. I've met a lot of different types of kiddos, most of which are awesome. However, Daniel was a pain. He always got what he wanted. He was conniving and charming when it benefitted him. He would upset other students so they would hit him, and then he would report them for hitting him. He thrived in chaos. Trying to work with him, he was a nightmare. We all said a little prayer of thanks when he didn't show up for school, bc we knew we'd be having a calm day.



William because it was the name of my husband who cheated on me for 5 months after barely two years of marriage. It stung more when I found out he started the affair three months after I had a miscarriage.



Am a nurse in L&D. We still hand write out the names on the bassinets. I swear to God I write out a name with -ley, -lei, -leigh, -lee, -lynn, -lin, -linn, or -line AT LEAST once a week. The ones that pissed me off the most were Bristolynn and Finley. Like why? It's so hard not to cringe at some of the names people give their children.


It's The Double Letters

Connor. Two Connors in my high school were absolute jerks. Another was a crazy stalker. And another burned down his own house with his mom in it, so I've heard. Only met one nice Conor (without the double n). Connors are certified crazy.


Intel On Incel


It's not the name of a person, but it is a name.

So I love roast potatoes. I LOVE them. I have called them 'roasties' ever since I was a wee lad.

Then I discovered what incels call women.


Yet another thing to hate incels for.


Call Me By Your Name

My birth name. My mother was incredibly abusive and to this day (I'm in my 30s) I cringe whenever anyone uses my full first name and if anyone uses it in a harsh or angry tone I have an anxiety attack. Saving up to get it changed now after years of therapy and attempts to 'come to terms' with things.


A House Divided

Ashley -> Every single one I've met is a self absorbed cow.

Lydia-> crazy self absorbed family member who has single handedly broken up the family.


Let It Go


Elsa. two years before the movie came out I was browsing baby names and wanted an old-time classy girls name that wasn't used much anymore... Brave took Meredith off the table for me, but I though Beverly could be OK (my grandmother's name) But then a customer (sweetest old lady) came in with the name Elsa and I was SOLD.

Frozen came out while I was Pregnant. Luckily I had a boy, because I didn't find another girls name I liked as much.


Keep It Away

Idk if this counts but the word/ affectionate name 'Daddy' because cutesy kink people call their significant other that on a constant level, from what I've seen anyway.


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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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