Utah Man Says High School Mascot's Name Sounds Like Male Genitalia

Bryan Michalek | November 15, 2017

One Utah man is petitioning to change the name of a local high school mascot because he thinks it sounds like a word used to describe male genitalia. 

Farmington High School is currently being built with an expected completion date in 2018, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, and local man Kyle Fraughton is worried that school will be the butt of a crude joke. Why? Because its mascot is a phoenix -- the plural form being phoenixes, or phoenices. 

According to Fraughton's petition, which has reached more than 3000 signatures, he said, "We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word 'Phoenices' are far too close to the word 'penises.'" 

"I don't mean to be crass, but don't want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make," he added.

Fraughton claimed that he noticed the phonetic similarity when he heard neighbors practicing their cheers. He then looked up the correct plural form of "phoenix" which reads "phoenices." 

In the petition, Fraughton noted that since he was easily able to notice the connection, others, in turn, will be able to notice. 

"With this scenario playing out, there will be a never-ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our children as they participate in any kind of sports against other schools,” He wrote later on in his petition. 

But Fraughton's worries are not shared by the administrators of the school. Chris Williams, a rep for the school district told Fox 13 Now, "We don't see anything about the plural version of phoenix having anything to do with what's going to be happening at the school or on the football field."

He added, "We think students are going to rise to the occasion." 

Fraughton might just want to keep his mind out of the gutter next time and just relax a bit. 

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