Hmm. The name “Caitlyn” may not be appropriate for people 65 and older, one standup comic seems to be suggesting in his routine at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal this year.
In a gala hosted by Wanda Sykes last night (July 23), Keith Robinson cracked this line, according to the Montreal Gazette: “What do you mean Caitlyn? You’re 65 years old. Edna wasn’t available?”
So, what was Robinson getting at?
Well, the name “Caitlyn” means “pure,” according to several online sources.
Reports All Parenting.com: “The name Caitlyn is a baby girl name. The name Caitlyn comes from the Irish origin. In Irish, the meaning of the name Caitlyn is: Variant of Katherine meaning pure.”
Hmm. So that must be it. “Caitlyn” is only for babies, because they are so pure. But once you get older, you’re expected to change your name because you’re obviously are not as pure as you were when you were a baby.
Who knew? I wonder if all the Caitlyns of this world have complied by officially changing their names to Kate or Katherine through mid-life?
But Robinson may be on to something with his suggestion of the name “Edna” for Ms. Jenner, despite its frumpy connotations and the fact it long ago fell out of favour.
It seems the name “Edna” means “rejuvenation, delight,” according to Nameberry.com, and is of Hebrew origins. And there is no doubt Ms. Jenner is quite delighted about her rejuvenation at the age of 65.
Robinson must have done some research on names before he cracked the Jenner joke, which is being praised by critics as one of the funniest lines of the night.
And everybody in the audience got it. I mean, that’s why they laughed . . . yes?
— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey