Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Why is it so difficult?

My name is not exotic. Granted, the name Cheryl hit its peak in the 1950's and was the 19th most popular name of the decade. It has not-so-slowly slid down the popularity scale. It was the 28th most popular girl’s name in the 60’s, then falling all the way to 706th in the 90’s, and not even ranked in the new millennium. However, there are plenty of Cheryls in popular culture:

- Cheryl Tiegs - American supermodel
- Cheryl Ladd - American actress and singer, most noted for the role of Kris Munroe on Charlie's Angels
- Cheryl Burke - a professional dancer best known for being the first two-time champion of the American version of Dancing with the Stars
- Cheryl Cole - British singer and member of Girls Aloud
- Cheryl Hines - American actress most famous for her role as Larry David's wife on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm

And although a less popular spelling, Sheryl is also acceptable as in:

- Sheryl Crow, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician
- Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player and member of the WNBA

I'm starting this blog because I'm alternately amused/annoyed/surprised and appalled at the various incorrect spellings of Cheryl I get whenever I order coffee or takeout. I hope you'll be amused too.


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