• The best (or worst) mispronunciation of your name

    by  • December 9, 2011 • Diversity & Communication, Names • 0 Comments


    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?

    Tell your story!



    Jon Visaisouk

    ANTVibes Team member

    Jonv [at] antvibes [dot com]



    Jon has spent 8 years as a retail manager and has worked with a number of start-up companies. He is currently completing his BBA at the University of Washington, with plans to finish this June. Jon is the Western Manager at Antvibes, and is the main contributor to the Antvibes Business Blog. Feel free to contact Jon through social channels or through email at jonv [at] antvibes [dot com]. @jonvisaisouk

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