Who else gets their name pronounced incorrectly? Many of our names get mispronounced from time to time, and for some individuals, it can be a fairly regular occurrence.
My last name has always been a source of difficulty for others. I finally accepted the fact that whenever someone reads my name from a piece of paper or computer screen, there’s a good possibility it is going to be mispronounced.
It can be amusing hearing other people struggle with your name, and it can also be frustrating or embarrassing. Over the years I have heard some great variations of my last name, Visaisouk (pronounced vee-sai-sook). If you sound my name out, you can usually get pretty close to the correct pronunciation. A lot of people end up with something like vih-say-sok, which isn’t too bad in my book.
However, they can’t all be good. I think the award for worst mispronunciation of my name has to go to a telemarketer from about 5 years ago. Instead of a Mr. Vee-sai-sook, the caller was looking to speak with a Mr. Vee-sox. I was caught off guard, and hung up after telling them that nobody by that name lived there. Anytime you lose an entire syllable of a name, there’s a problem =)
But that’s just me. What about you? What are your favorite (or least favorite) mispronunciations of your name?
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