Mopsy Strange Kennedy, Ph.D.

For those of you in the U.S. welcome back, we hope you enjoyed a great holiday weekend.

Last week, I experienced one of those epiphany moments of fabulous funny name finds. As Gru would say, “Light bulb”.

Sometimes bright ideas need illumination.

While I researched something else, I tripped over a name so delicious I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Meet Mopsy Strange Kennedy, from Boston, Massachusetts. Her name reads like a lyric from a song.

I discovered Mopsy while reading Kevin Leman’s “The Birth Order Book, Why You Are the Way You Are.” Kevin describes her as a family therapist, and a last born. “Only a last born baby of the family is likely to grow up, get a degree, become a therapist, and still keep a handle that sound like a nickname or pet label of some kind.” Yes, Kerbey, I really read a birth order book.

When I Googled Mopsy, 22,300 references scrolled across on my monitor. I surfed through the first five pages reading glowing thank you’s from former students who blogged about their experiences in her classes, book reviews she’d written, and references to parties she’d thrown.

Boston Magazine named her the 1976 Best Party, comparing her to Perle Mesta (American socialite, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1949 to 1953), political hostess, subject of the Broadway musical Call Me Madam and potential future feature here at the BoFN). According to the article “Unlike most writers, Mopsy entertains frequently and well.”

Doesn’t this make you feel both writerly and nostalgic. And it won’t get hacked.

Mopsy teaches writing at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. I could not find a photo of her in the public domain. Here is a link to the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She is the second photo from the top.

She’s written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and is a book reviewer for the Improper Bostonian.

For a last born she’s exceeded the expectations of her appellation quite nicely.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom

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About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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10 Responses to Mopsy Strange Kennedy, Ph.D.

  1. I’ve never encountered a person named Mopsy. I only know the name as being one of Peter Rabbit’s siblings. Perhaps Kennedy’s parents were Beatrix Potter fans.

  2. kerbey says:

    Of course she is a redhead! Pretty good achievement for a last born, I’d say. I actually had a stuffed dog animal as a tween named Mopsy. It did not survive past the 80s. Mopsy sounds like a good hosting name bc it reminds me of the names out of The Preppy Handbook: Muffy, Missy, Buffy, Bitsy, Bootsy, Bunny. Right?

  3. ksbeth says:

    perhaps mopsy and i are long lost cousins, i am a kennedy after all –

  4. Reblogged this on Fannie Cranium's and commented:

    Find out more about fabulously named Mopsy Strange Kennedy over at the BoFN.

  5. wdydfae says:

    “. . . Fannie throws quite a party of her own as she celebrates this celebrated celebrator . . .”

    “. . . ’tis passing Strange . . . and in a very good way . . .”

    “. . . Fannie and Kerbey are an irrepressible tag team . . . carrying the torch at BoFN . . .”

  6. Pingback: Kerb Yore Enthusiasm: The Best of Kerbey | The Blog of Funny Names

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