Writer’s Workshop: That’s My Name

January 13, 2010 · 82 comments

3.) What’s in YOUR name? What does it mean? Why was it given to you? etc..

I’m Kathy.

A derivative of Katherine and named after my Grandma. I hate derivatives. I hate that my name can’t mean something all by itself and that instead I have to steal Katherine’s meaning and make it mine. Why should Katherine have to share her meaning with all the Kats and Kathys and Katies of the world?

Katherine means “pure” by the way.


Free of any invasive, dirty, unwanted elements.

I suppose the meaning of Kathy would more accurately be a derivative of “pure”…maybe purely. As in “purely super intelligent”…or “purely incredible”….or “purely almost perfect but noooot quite there because to call yourself perfect would be superficial and borderline narcissistic”…

When I was five my family called me Wilbur. Like the pig. Because I was hungry and ate every last one of them under the table. They may or may not have oinked in unison whenever I asked for more. I don’t want to talk about it.


Me And Baby.

When I was nine I preferred to be called “Katherine” because I thought it was more mature and refined and rich sounding. Perhaps deep inside I knew I was just a derivative of pure and I longed for the real deal.

When I was fourteen my oldest sister had a baby and my own Mother nicknamed me Aunty KaKa. It stuck. And if you don’t already know than let me just inform you that kaka means poop. Which is really not very pure at all. They may as well call me “Aunty IMpurity”. I mean THAT’S what a slap in the face it is. A disgrace.

Me and A.

When I was twenty my husband started calling me Kat. It caught on and has taken some of the blow from Aunty PoopPoop which I’m grateful for. Which is why I married him.

In blogland I go by Mama Kat. Because I’m a mama and I’m Kat and it just felt right putting the two together and quite frankly any improvement on Aunty PoopPoop is welcome at this point….although “Aunty Impurity Is Losin’ It” DOES have a ring to it.

Now it’s your turn!

Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back and sign Mr. Linky. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1.) Time for your tangent…what is your latest complaint?

2.) If you could have given yourself a snapshot five years ago of what your life is like now, what would the picture be of and how do you think you would have felt about it?

3.) What’s in YOUR name? What does it mean? Why was it given to you? etc..

4.) Write a letter to the first person who ever broke your heart.

5.) Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.

If you’re playing along don’t forget to add a workshop button to your page:

Mama's Losin' It

Copy and Paste Code

Mama Kat Loves You When You Love Her


Erin January 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Okay I still can’t get your button to work on my blog….but anyway…

I LOVE the name KAT…always wanted to be a Kat…I have always loved cats….my license plate in MI was Felinne…and now, do people call me Kat? Or Kittie? Or even Kittie Kat? Nope…they call me “MEOW”….so altho it’s a step above Auntie Poop, it’s still not KAT!

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I didn’t realize that the code I provided creates a button that doesn’t actually link back to the site. I’m working on it today and will update my post when I’ve got it figured out (which means I have friends helping me and if they figure it out I’ll let you know). :)

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

The button is fixed. Apparently when I copied and pasted the code automatically changed…some of the quotes were backwards. Now it links fine. Phew.

Kimmy January 13, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Okay, not ignoring your post Kat but I’ve got to go to bed. I’ll be back in the morning to catch up on your post!! Sleep tight! ;O)

Nancy January 14, 2010 at 12:02 am

Mama Poopoop would have definitely made a more interesting splash but probably not bigger.

Good call.

Holly L January 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

Kat sounds cool and chic and seems to fit you quite well! Although I am getting a chuckle out of Aunt KaKa!

Katie (aka Kekibird) January 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

Ha! So glad I didn’t do the name thing because we have the same name and I’d hate to steal your thunder….

Jade @ No Longer 25 January 14, 2010 at 1:43 am

Hi Kat,
Thanks for linking to me and using my post for inspiration that is really cool! But I got the idea from another Jade who I liked up to Jade Keller who does a Tell it to Me Tuesday prompt: http://jadekeller.com/

It’s really interesting to read about people’s names, your post is really funny. I’m sure it wasn’t funny when you were little though! I’m glad you found a version of your name you really like, I like Kat, I think of fun when I hear that names, everyone I know called Kat or Cat has always been fun and had a great sense of humour.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Jade is such an uncommon name, I had no idea I linked to the wrong one. :) Thanks for clarifying!!

Jade @ Tasting Grace January 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What a great story! I love how you went through the process of defining your name rather than letting your name define you. (P.S. Hope you don’t mind: I added your post to my Mr. Linky since the name prompt originated there.)

Karen & Gerard Zemek January 14, 2010 at 2:25 am

Mama Kat it really a good name but I think Mama PoopPoop is actually funnier! LOL! Karen means “pure” too. My mom actually wanted me to go by Karen Anne but I hated it and it never stuck. Now though, I don’t think it would be so bad. Oh well, it’s a little late to change now.

Melissa B. January 14, 2010 at 2:40 am

I’ve got an unusual name, too…I love it now, but my admiration took a few years…

Save the Children

Los January 14, 2010 at 3:47 am

Absolutely classic – Aunt Poop-Poop! On a side note, I’m not a fan of people who name their kids after them – for instance if the father’s name is John, and they name their son “John.” I’m sure there are plenty of reasons to do it, but I get the feeling the son has trouble creating his own identity 9and besides, it’s a bid narcissistic as well, me thinks). Anyway, if I ever have a son, he will not be “Little Los,” no matter how cool it sounds!

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I agree. It bothered me when Pat refused to name out kids certain things because of the meaning of the names. I think people make the meaning, not the other way around.

For what it’s worth I do plan on naming my next son Little Los in your honor.

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy January 14, 2010 at 3:49 am

It’s funny that Erin mentioned loving the name Kat – I always have too. My mother’s name was Catherine, and I wished that she had named me after herself so I could be a Cat or Kat. In fact, as a teen, when I’d write things, and I’d dream up a pen name to go along with them, Kat was often the name I was drawn to! I have a name I didn’t always love, too, so I understand. I’ve been called some not-so-nice things over the years, but Aunty KaKa might be worse! Thanks for sharing! :)

P.S. – This is my first week joining you guys – it was one of my New Year’s resolutions to try to be a part of this on a regular basis.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

You’re crazy, I LOVE Elizabeth! So many directions you can go with that and Beth on Little Women was my FAVORITE.

That said I always wanted to be an Ashley. :)

Lolli January 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

I’m sorry, but I’m still chuckling over Aunty KaKa. Heehee! One thing that has always bugged me about my name was that there was no easy nickname for it. Silly, huh? Instead, I come up with one myself and chose Lolli? :)

Life with Kaishon January 14, 2010 at 3:55 am

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha :) Anut KaKa! I am so glad you have been upgraded! Too funny! Pure is definitely one of the first words that comes to mind when I think of you. Purely Hilarious!

The Psycho Mama January 14, 2010 at 3:55 am

When I was a nanny the baby I took care of couldn’t say my name properly and called me Kaka as well. It was awesome ;)

GregoryJ January 14, 2010 at 3:56 am

Tia kaka.
I did it. Wrote about my name. Do you grade them now?
This is my first time.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I try to make the rounds and read as many as possible, but my paper grading days are over. ;)

parenting BY dummies January 14, 2010 at 4:08 am

Mama Kat is right. BFF and I actually struggled quite a bit with your name when we were preparing for the “big meetup” (that’s what we call it you, when we talk about Vegas?!), because we just don’t feel right calling you Kat (or Kathy, or Katherine, or even Kaka for that matter). You are MAMA Kat and all the other names just don’t seem right. So, I hope you don’t mind being called Mama by someone who looks old enough to be your grandmama because it really just has to be.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Isn’t it funny how our blog identities become difficult to separate from!?!

The Big Meetup was the best, but I’m still mad that I didn’t think ahead and get tickets to see JT with you girls! You’re going to Baltimore right?

Justine January 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

Well Wilbur, you may have eaten like a pig, but you were still skinny… at least there’s that.
Love Auntie Kaka. That’s just too good.

But ultimately, I like you as Mama Kat!!!

Justine :o )

Jennifer January 14, 2010 at 4:34 am

Yeah, Aunty PoopPoop really isn’t very nice at all.

Jannica January 14, 2010 at 4:36 am

I was called CaCa for most of my childhood by my younger cousins who couldn’t say my name. My family thought it was HIL-arious. I feel your pain.

Lauren January 14, 2010 at 5:06 am

You crack me up!

Lynn January 14, 2010 at 5:34 am

Love the auntie KaKa! Reminds me of my aunt who my mom calls Booger so I started calling auntie Booger!

Trippin' Mama January 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

Kat is so much better than Aunty KaKa! I was Aunty Critter for a long time. Apparently Christy is hard to say…

e January 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

Wilbur? Kaka?
That’s just a cruel joke.

I love Kat though. It’s so cute!

Stephanie January 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

What do you think you will want to be called when you become a grandmother?

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Maybe nanny nanny poo poo? Who knows what they will come up with. If I have my way I’ll just be plain old Grandma. :)

June Freaking Cleaver January 14, 2010 at 5:45 am

“Auntie Impurity” rocks! It has a nice ring to it, I think. And you know, when the nieces and nephews are adolescents, they’d be drawn to that name – just to annoy their parents.

And you might have been the skinniest Wilbur I’ve ever seen!

Jenny January 14, 2010 at 5:51 am

Still laughing at Aunty KaKa. At least your name has a meaning you can understand. I always have to go by the meaning of Jennifer which is White; fair; smooth….hmmm I’m white, and I may have been fair and smooth as a baby but not so much in adult hood ;)

Charlene January 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

Love the new button by the way.

Kat January 14, 2010 at 6:25 am

Let’s hear it for the Kathy’s!!! Now I know what my name means since you did all the work for me ;) And I promise…one of these days I will get to actually participating in your workshop. But for now, I will just ditto yours!! :)

Sunday Stilwell January 14, 2010 at 6:27 am

I like the name Kat too!
My older sister has a daughter named Caytie and get this…her middle name is Tabby. I kid you not!

3 Men & a Lady January 14, 2010 at 6:49 am

I had those same pants!!! I also had them in turquoise, hot pink, blue, and blue. They had no stretch in them at all, except for the giant waistband, lol.

I’m glad you are Kat now. KaKa wouldn’t fly with me either!

B January 14, 2010 at 6:54 am

I think Wilbur should have stuck ;0)

Okay, is it me or is there no McLinky this week?http://www.lifeinthebatcave.com/2010/01/and-rose-goes-to.html

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Hahaha…luckily I outgrew that one.

Mister Linky is up, did you add your name?

Domestication of the Single Girl January 14, 2010 at 6:57 am

Yep, yep. You’re definitely burned into my brain as ‘Mama’ to me. MamaKat, it’s like all one word.


one cluttered brain January 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hello, everybody it’s me.
I decided yesterday to see what Mama Kat was up too. And i looked at her prompts and LOVED it. Any-hoo, i’m playing today.

Aunty ka-ka ROFL! Ha! I’m sorry Mama. So funny though. I’m glad Kat sticks now. Much better.

I’m off to visit the three before me now. Hopefully I’ll get good Karma commenting and all.
I LOVE to visit new blogs…;)

Annissa January 14, 2010 at 7:06 am

OMGoodness…. Auntie Ka-Ka… did your family hate you?? Seriously? I got “Sah-Sah” was bad. Nope, you take the cake there. So glad your hubby came along and fixed it for you.

I have finished my Writers Workshop! Yah!! I know that it’s been awhile, but no more Mr. Linky?


Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Hmmm….you’re the second one to mention no Mr. Linky but I swear I’m looking right at it. Were you able to link up or is it still not showing on your page?

Annissa January 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm

It’s there now, I’m not sure why it wasn’t there (at least for me) this morning. Thanks for checking on it though :)

monica January 14, 2010 at 7:17 am

What a beautiful story behind your name!

Valorie January 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

Oh no. Aunty PoopPoop? What a *purely* awful name to be called.

Wendy January 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

I can’t get your button to work on my blog either!!

But I did try , and really liked the challenge of this writing prompt.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

The button is having technical difficulties. It shows up but is not linking to my blog…I’ll update the code if I figure out how to fix it!

Jennifer@Musings of a BLonde Mom January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

just an fyi…i fixed your button on my blog. I used the code from the one on the right side bar and added the closing tag (without the space in it) at the end and now when I click on it…it works!

Jennifer@Musings of a BLonde Mom January 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

crap. the closing tag I put didn’t show up….any way it is like this….just put it all together.

Jennifer@Musings of a BLonde Mom January 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm

crap again….well…try one more time… use this: /a within the normal html form at the end.

Pamela January 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

So glad I got your button to work and that I’ve joined the Writer’s Workshop. So much fun!!! Love your story…

Summer January 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

I always knew you were pure. Like attracts like you know. =)

(army)Wife January 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

Great prompts!

S Club Mama January 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

my name’s not even a girl name. ;)

Ms. Wanda January 14, 2010 at 9:12 am

What a great story, I wondered where you got your blog name from:) My name is Wanda I think it’s German, I don’t know, I’m not German that much I do know:)

I love this writer’s workshop, Thank you for making it happen!

Lorna January 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

My name is worse than yours.

Tina Lane January 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

This is my first time participating. I decided to take a chance and write a letter to the first person who broke my heart. I probably should have had a glass of wine first.

Hope the Hubs forgives me.

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Hahaha…uh oh, that doesn’t sound good!

Shell January 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

Wilbur? I’m going to have to use that on my boys, who eat everything in sight. No kidding- I have locks on our pantry and fridge.

brittney mclain January 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

Lol! I didnt know kaka meant poo! Its funny because when my older sister got pregnant at a young age my mom said she was too young to be a granny so she wanted them to call her kaka (since her name is also kathy) and by the time I had my 1st she said it felt impersonal, and she was ready to be Granny… it was too late… all 4 grandbabies call her kaka.. I am now LMAO b/c it means poo!! HAHAHAHA take that Granny!

Coco January 14, 2010 at 11:04 am

Okay. I did it. I vented. I went on a tangent. Now lets see what happens after Twisted Sister sees that I vented about her daughter. Oh Joy.

Jeanette@Bliss January 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Yes I would agree that Kat is much better than Poop. Funny!

Lourie January 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Little did your family know, that you were simply filling up your legs. us tall chicks gotta stick together.

Jennifer@Musings of a BLonde Mom January 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Kat is for sure much better than Auntie KaKa! I would’ve killed my mother if she had done that!

Thanks for the prompts. I took a chance and went for the letter one. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Oh, and this writer’s workshop happened to be my 100th post! How cool is that?

Jen January 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

What is it with kids and repeating sounds? When my younger sister was born and could speak, she called me Jen-Jen. The name stuck. From then all, younger cousins, kids I baby-sat, basically anyone younger called me Jen-Jen.

Granted, that’s not as bad as KaKa… sorry Kat!

Sparky January 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

This is my first time participating and it was great fun. Got the brain working a little bit, I think I went off on a bit of a tangent but I usually do!

Love the idea of this writers workshop I look forward to next weeks!


Jen @ buried with children January 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I will not call you Kat or Kathy or Mama Kat or maybe Cynthia. I don’t know. But I will just call you.

Oh and the other day in the trip around the blogosphere I came across someone with the name *Mama Kat* and I was all like IMPOSTOR! You are not Mama Kat. There is only one Mama Kat and she is awesome and you are not. That’s right, I got your back.

Jen @ buried with children January 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I did not want the word ‘not’ in that above. There is something wrong with me. Sorry.

3 Men & a Lady January 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

LOL at your original comment’s mistake :-) It’s funny when you read it out loud.

Kathy January 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

You were so cute!! I’m a Katherine too ya know ;) We are purely fantastic! LOL

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes January 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

I never went through name changes. My sister, on the other hand, went through many names. (Different spellings too) I remember kids calling the house looking for (BLANKETY BLANK) and my mom was all “WHO?” Sister forgot to tell mom that she changed her name.

Call me what ya want….I’ll probably answer to it.

momlissa January 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I love the name Katherine. It was one of my top 3 for my daughter (our last name starts with K, so she could be Katherine of Katie later – I had it all planned out lol) When I was 9, I insisted everyone call me Ronnie (Veronica) from the Archie/Jughead series. I like my name enough. It’s certainly better then Karma, which was the original choice.

Mom Taxi Julie January 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

The whole Aunty Kaka thing is SOOO not right. Do they all still call you that??

Heatherly May 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm

This may be one of wittiest posts I’ve read in blogland. Thank you for make me snort!

Erica January 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm

So… my name is Erica, hard to botch – right?

Well, when I was little, my friend’s baby sister had trouble pronouncing it. Erica came out as “Caca.” See how much we have in common? I, too, was called “Poop” at a young age. Worse was that the girl’s mother thought it so funny that SHE started calling me it, too!

Mama Kat January 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

We’re practically like sisters. I’m so glad I’m not the only one in blogland being referred to as poop. ;)

sarah February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

i finally decided to check out this mamakat that i hear so much about and now i can’t leave. i’ve clicked on every button on your site.

i can’t stop laughing about your insatiable five year old appetite because that is my daughter right now. (actually right this moment she’s singing ‘gimme a apple gimme a apple’ even though she just downed a bag of mini muffins.

i’m also laughing uncontrollably about aunty kaka because anything about poop always makes me chuckle.

i can’t wait to participate in a writer’s prompt! so glad i came.

Jessica April 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

I have to make a confession. I was Caca too. My brother couldn’t say Jessica. And some people still don’t let me live it down. I think thats why I ask most people to stick to Jess. Dunno? :P

Mama Kat January 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I fixed it! I ended up emailing my designer to see if something was wrong with the code. She said sometimes when you copy and paste something the code gets goofy. Some of the quotes in the code were flip flopped after all the copying pasting I was doing. She fixed it for me and now all of the buttons (in the sidebar and posts) should be perfect. I tested them all myself. :)

So they better be! ;)

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