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There are two identities in America that no person should assume, lest they seek public harassment for all of eternity:
These two titles have been the Scarlet Letters of 2020 and onward. Today, anyone dubbed a “Karen” is considered a ruthless force of nature who will “get to the bottom of” whatever irks her at the moment and who “has had enough” of basically everything. In short, a public nuisance.
Karens get a bad rap for their adept ability to get in direct contact with the CEO of a company for a minor inconvenience, while the rest of us are stuck Googling “fedex customer service number.” While you never want to get called the K-word, a blatant accusation of social misconduct, it appears that this label is translating to a real reduction in babies being named Karen.
According to an SSA report, “Only 325 baby girls were named Karen last year. In the year 1965, there were reportedly 33,000 Karens born.”
The name-turned-title had a renaissance in pop culture during 2020, the COVID year when customers who were frustrated by strict mask mandates and resisted compliance would be labeled a “Karen.” The past year appears to have successfully deterred parents from subjecting their children to eternal bullying by eschewing “Karen” as a girl’s name and selecting instead more graceful titles like “Caitlyn” and “Khaleesi.”
Per the Yahoo report, “Fewer and fewer people are naming their babies Karen … the name dropped 171 spots on the list of the most common baby names over the course of 2020.”
The short supply of Karens joins the list of shortages spawned by the Biden administration.