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2020-12-04 12:07:45 AM  
Yeah. All the time. People whose primary language is español always mispronounce my name Teem.
 
2020-12-04 12:10:57 AM  
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2020-12-04 12:13:12 AM  
This is shockingly culturally inappropriate. It assumes that all cultures/languages can pronounce the same sounds as your native language. So, you put a WAV on your Linkedin profile or whatever, it's likely to still get mangled because it'll be hard to understand through your accent. Ever heard someone who speaks Japanese (or Korean) pronounce their name and then try to copy it? Or even French? If you don't speak the language, it's very difficult and it's likely that the person trying to pronounce your name will probably murder it anyway and then you'll have another reason to be in a huff and feel victimized.
Get over yourself.
 
2020-12-04 12:21:52 AM  
dj_bigbird:


I only have one thing to say to you: Get over yourself.
 
2020-12-04 12:50:17 AM  
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2020-12-04 12:57:11 AM  
Worse than deadnaming me, livenaming me
 
2020-12-04 1:38:45 AM  
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2020-12-04 3:23:14 AM  
I watched the Nicole Kidman movie where everyone has the last name "Fraser" and it's not pronounced like "Frasier" the TV show. I would say maybe 1/3 of the actors got it right. I made it a drinking game, every time someone said Frasier instead of Fraser I'd have a shot. I have no idea how that show ended.
 
2020-12-04 4:27:15 AM  
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2020-12-04 6:53:20 AM  
It's funny how many telemarketers can't pronounce my name. It's not that complicated and yet they ask for Mr. Lacank, or Mr Lashase or some other mangling of the letters. Nobody here by that name!

And almost every time I have to spell it out for those writing it down.
 
2020-12-04 7:01:51 AM  
Sometimes when a person tells me how to pronounce their name I look them in the eye and with a straight face ask, "are you sure that's how to pronounce it?"
 
2020-12-04 7:22:40 AM  
There's a little game I like to play when someone tells me their name and it's tricky for me to pronounce.
I smile and say "I'll do my best to remember, but I may need to ask you how to say it right a few times more times."
I call it Not Being A Large Bore Dickhole.
 
2020-12-04 8:55:09 AM  

Almea Tarrant: There's a little game I like to play when someone tells me their name and it's tricky for me to pronounce.
I smile and say "I'll do my best to remember, but I may need to ask you how to say it right a few times more times."
I call it Not Being A Large Bore Dickhole.


Yup.  I mostly run into this at work and I'll even go as far as politely asking them to write it out for me if it didn't catch my ear right away.  if you approach it with some humility, people can be pretty understanding and most will be so used to having their name mangled everywhere they go that they'll be more than happy to help you out.
 
2020-12-04 9:22:26 AM  

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That's the pits.
 
2020-12-04 9:41:45 AM  
As someone with a very difficult to pronounce name I learned at an early age to not care if someone screws it up.
 
2020-12-04 10:32:41 AM  
I find the mispronunciation of names much less concerning than the mangling of names in the greeting line of an email where the name in question is right there in the From line.  I haven't even gotten to the body of their email and I already know they're a lackwit.
 
2020-12-04 10:51:57 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:55:06 AM  
No, it's pronounced Os-wee-pay
 
2020-12-04 11:26:15 AM  
My name is regularly mispronounced, even by people who speak English excellently. My hard-to-pronounce name? Kat. Many people say it as "Kate". I'm not sure if they're misreading it or what. Most people also get borderline offended if you correct them, too.

My last name is a major holiday, and no one can spell or pronounce that either.
 
2020-12-04 11:30:12 AM  

Lunakki: My name is regularly mispronounced, even by people who speak English excellently. My hard-to-pronounce name? Kat. Many people say it as "Kate". I'm not sure if they're misreading it or what. Most people also get borderline offended if you correct them, too.

My last name is a major holiday, and no one can spell or pronounce that either.


Kat Illinois Founding Day, is that you?
 
2020-12-04 12:02:18 PM  

Atomic Jonb: As someone with a very difficult to pronounce name I learned at an early age to not care if someone screws it up.


You capitulated to the micro aggressions
 
2020-12-04 12:24:43 PM  
In Canada now people in service jobs are often not native speakers of English or French, and so can't pronounce what would be considered ordinary English names. Phone for a taxi - the guy can't pronounce my name, one of the ten most common names for women in the USA. Called the Health Line, and the nurse could not get my first or last name write, even when I spelled them. It is annoying, so I do try to get foreign names right.
 
2020-12-04 12:59:06 PM  
First and last names switched around often since I started school.  Both are common men's names.  Doesn't stop me from swearing vengeance upon the transgressors, though.
 
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2020-12-04 3:52:05 PM  
My last name is the same as a major household brand who spends millions of dollars a year in TV advertising, plus naming rights to a prominent sports stadium here in the US. I've had their slogans (which include the company name) quoted back at me my entire life. My name still gets butchered more often than not by people over the phone and in person. Maybe I should start writing in the same font as their ads?
 
2020-12-04 4:49:40 PM  
I go by Dizzy, but I have one manager who always calls me Daisy for some godforsaken reason. We wear name tags every day. It's not hard for anyone else. She even sent a couple people over to my section looking for "Daisy" yesterday.

Normally I don't care that much, because my Government Name is one with lots of nickname options, so I'm used to just being called whatever. But Daisy is just so...I don't even know, but I hate it. I kind of have to wonder if she's being spiteful because I'm not very feminine-presenting (besides the tits), because it's not like I'm the only one with a weird name; we have a Charity, an Ebone, a Jazz, and a Genie for fark's sake...
 
2020-12-04 5:32:12 PM  
My name is really quite easy - six letters, two syllables (and the first and fourth letters are the same)

Nobody ever pronounces it right - they can't even repeat it back immediately after I say it - and everyone always spells it wrong (even my grandparents)

The spelling is incredibly frustrating in email - its firstname.lastname@company how can you send an email to the right address and spell my name wrong in the message.

Or worse when it's an email reply; benches, just copy/paste it from my signature if you're too stupid to accurately transcribe six forking letters.
 
2020-12-04 6:40:19 PM  
People I've know for decades mispronounce my name.  I correct them the first few times- while it doesn't look like it sounds (at least to a non-French speaker) it's very easy to say and there's a *really* easy mnemonic for it, but they still always do it.

Sigh
 
2020-12-05 1:40:26 AM  
I question how well it will work.

I used to teach English as a second language at a refugee relocation center. Most of our students were from Vietnam.

We're had one student who was a really nice teenaged girl named Loan. Her name was pronounced more or less like lawn. Unfortunately, if you pronounced it like the English word loan, it sounded like lồn, which is Vietnamese for coont.

Almost all of the teachers made an attempt to pronounce her name more or less correctly (lawn wasn't quite right, but was close). But one teacher insisted on calling her coont, because "that's how her teachers will pronounce it when she goes to high school."

I told her that a) most teachers would pronounce it the way she asked them, and b) those classes wouldn't be filled with adolescent boys making fun of jer because there teacher called her a coont.

But she never changed the way she pronounced that name.

When I was in college, I had a summer job with a lot of Mexicans. One guy was named Joel (pronounced hoe ELL). But one foreman always pronounced it with the American pronunciation. I always thought he did it in2 purpose.

I always try hard to pronounce names correctly, and I know I don't always get it right. Vietnamese names are easy for me because I learned to speak Vietnamese when I was working at the refugee center. But I struggle with some Indian and middle eastern names (like Ahmad or Madhavi). I know it's not quite ah mahd or mahd vhi. But that seems to be about as close as I can get.

My experience has been that most people appreciate if you at least *try* to get ot right.
 
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