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So just how did I get my name?

Posted By Siouxsie Wiles On February 4, 2013 @ 8:50 pm In Science and Society,Uncategorized | 9 Comments

“Where the fuck did the author of those Sciblogs posts get her absurd name?”

So writes ‘Alf Grumble’ on his blog today [1]. Normally if people know how to pronounce my name, it tells me a little something of their misspent youth. Alf is obviously a model citizen. Because I am named after 70′s punk icon Siouxsie Sioux [2]*. Which gives me the opportunity to play one of my favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees songs, Spellbound.

YouTube Preview Image [3]

Siouxsie is pronounced just like Susie but I do get all sorts. Like when University of Otago’s Prof Kurt Krause [4] called me Sushi when we were interviewed [5] live on TV One’s former current affairs programme Close Up. It was hard not to giggle. A close friend used to pronounce it S-eye-ook-see. But that was just to wind me up.

But today is the first time I’m aware of that someone has taken to their blog to be rude about my name**.


Chief Sitting Bull circa 1885. Image from Wikipedia

I guess I should be flattered that Alf took the time to write so eloquently. He even went to the trouble of finding a video on You Tube explaining how to pronounce Sioux [7]. I’m guessing that as well as not being a punk fan, he also hasn’t heard of one of the groups of people who originally inhabited North America. In which case, I think Alf’s post says far more about him than me.

*I wasn’t always. But over 20 years ago, I had a crush on someone who adored Siouxsie. He started spelling it that way and it stuck. I still carry a torch for him.

**I do wonder if he would have written the post had I not been white?

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URLs in this post:

[1] blog today: http://alfgrumblemp.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/if-siouxsie-doesnt-like-this-post-well-maybe-she-get-her-lawyer-to-sioux/

[2] Siouxsie Sioux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siouxsie_Sioux

[3] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9otg_Cm50RE

[4] Prof Kurt Krause: http://biochem.otago.ac.nz/our-people/professor-kurt-krause/

[5] interviewed: http://youtu.be/-An6lDMBlsU

[6] Image: http://sciblogs.co.nz/infectious-thoughts/files/2013/02/230px-En-chief-sitting-bull.jpg

[7] Sioux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sioux

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