Phoenix, Phoenixes or Phoenices? Petitioner worries new Utah school mascot’s name will invite crude jokes.

A rendering of the new Farmington High School, scheduled to open in fall 2018/ Courtesy: Davis School District

Farmington resident Kyle Fraughton argues that the plural of Phoenix is too similar in sound to male anatomy

By Benjamin Wood | The Salt Lake Tribune

Teenagers find ways to mock any opposing school’s mascot, but Farmington resident Kyle Fraughton said the proposed symbol for a new high school in Davis County makes it too easy for would-be hecklers.

Fraughton launched an online petition Friday asking Davis School District to rethink its choice of “The Phoenix” as the mascot for Farmington High School.

When pluralized, Fraughton said, the mascot would sound like “penises” and invite mockery of the school’s students.

“I looked on Google and a couple hits down I saw that the plural of phoenix was either phoenixes or phoenices,” Fraughton said. “I have no interest in my daughter or my son playing sports and getting referred to as something like a penis.”

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