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2021-10-21 8:31:54 PM  
Call everyone Mike when he's around.
 
2021-10-21 8:32:31 PM  
I see him twice a month or so because he usually works from home.
 
2021-10-21 8:34:29 PM  
What's up, Mike!  Would be my normal greeting.
 
2021-10-21 8:35:01 PM  
Give him a new name every day
 
2021-10-21 8:36:27 PM  
Change your name to Mike or just move away.
 
2021-10-21 8:37:47 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: Call everyone Mike when he's around.


That's actually a good idea, Mike
 
2021-10-21 8:42:03 PM  
It's too late. You and Brian/Mike are in a deathly dance now.
 
2021-10-21 8:42:51 PM  
I would call him "Mike-Brian," forevermor.
 
2021-10-21 8:44:00 PM  

coffeetime: Give him a new name every day


"Mike" isn't really a nickname like "chief" or something. It's the gaffer''s name.
 
2021-10-21 9:00:05 PM  
Butt stuff.  Oh wait, wrong advice thread.
 
2021-10-21 9:04:16 PM  
You're not in Jr high school any more. Talk to him, fess up that you got off on the wrong foot, but part of this is on him for never correcting you.  If you plan on continuing to see this guy around you should, because it sounds like it's renting space in your head.
 
2021-10-21 9:07:09 PM  

wegro: coffeetime: Give him a new name every day

"Mike" isn't really a nickname like "chief" or something. It's the gaffer''s name.


Mike is a perfectly acceptable gaffer's name. Like the Crawleys calling the kitchen worker Cook.
 
2021-10-21 9:09:03 PM  
Hey Mike, do you mind if I call you Brian? You seem more like a Brian.
 
2021-10-21 9:10:56 PM  
Start calling him Mike meow meow
 
2021-10-21 9:17:10 PM  
You have Brian's name in quotes, as with Mike. Is his name not Brian either? What's really going on here?
 
2021-10-21 9:20:19 PM  
Just start calling him Chief or Bub or Boss and if he complains ask what you should be calling him.
 
2021-10-21 9:22:55 PM  
Maybe he's deaf in that ear?
 
2021-10-21 9:27:47 PM  
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2021-10-21 9:29:13 PM  
Start calling him Mulva.
 
2021-10-21 9:41:17 PM  
Brian?!

Look, man. Unless Brian's short for something like... Brian-rietta or Brian-sue, this just isn't gonna work out.
 
2021-10-21 9:44:31 PM  

Naido: Butt stuff.  Oh wait, wrong advice thread.


Or is it? Hmmm...
 
2021-10-21 9:58:47 PM  
Seek him out.  "You son of a biatch! Somehow I got your name wrong when we met, and you've let me call you MIKE for all this time? God I feel stupid! Why didn't you say anything???"

Laugh, improve, move on.
 
2021-10-21 10:03:34 PM  
Called a Navy crewmate of mine John for almost a year. One day he called me John and I looked at him and said "I'm not John?" and he said "me neither" We called each other john from that day on. RIP Tofu
 
2021-10-21 10:40:26 PM  
Lend him money, then you'll never have to see him again.
 
2021-10-21 10:43:41 PM  
I'm on the other side: This has been happening to me since I changed jobs in September, but we're all remote. I have a J name, it isn't James, but he locked onto James from the get-go and after a month of meetings we finally had a meeting with just the two of us.

At the beginning of the meeting I just said "Hey, I know it's hard to get to know people via video call, but my name is Jon. Can we start calling me Jon?" The "we" part is important - it let's them off the hook and makes it a team effort.

Your example is the exact inverse, so wait for a private moment and just tell him you're going to start calling him by his correct name. Explain you locked onto the wrong name early. If you kept calling him by someone else's name, explain where that name came from, and pump that other person up. Most people understand. Ask him if if you need to do any explanations to other people.

Here's the most important part: expect a great deal of shiat for getting his name wrong from everyone, women and men included, and take it. If you have the guy on your side, it won't matter.
 
2021-10-21 10:53:06 PM  

Naido: Butt stuff.  Oh wait, wrong advice thread.


It's always the right advice. Everyone wants to expand the circle of their friends.
 
2021-10-21 10:54:40 PM  
Is Mike here?

Asking because he said to meet me here.
We were going to talk about that asshole, Brian
 
2021-10-21 11:10:39 PM  
I got a Mike for that.
 
2021-10-21 11:44:26 PM  
Transition mike to brian to slowly he doesn't notice. One day, hey Bike!
A few more, hi brike. How's it hanging Myan?
Good to see you Brian.
 
2021-10-21 11:52:21 PM  
Start calling him Steve. When he acts confused, say you've been calling him by the wrong name all year and it's time for a new wrong name. If he balks, well, you'll be a weirdo, but off the hook.
 
2021-10-22 12:23:17 AM  
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2021-10-22 12:27:46 AM  
"Dude, I just found out your name is Brian! Why didn't you correct me? Anyway, sorry about that. I'll call you by your correct name from now on."
 
2021-10-22 12:29:01 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Naido: Butt stuff.  Oh wait, wrong advice thread.

It's always the right advice. Everyone wants to expand the circle of their friends.


You cheeky bastard.
 
2021-10-22 1:41:22 AM  
Just start calling him Dave then.
 
2021-10-22 2:04:23 AM  

Ghastly: Just start calling him Dave then.


Dave's not here, man!
 
2021-10-22 3:14:10 AM  

Lsherm: I'm on the other side: This has been happening to me since I changed jobs in September, but we're all remote. I have a J name, it isn't James, but he locked onto James from the get-go and after a month of meetings we finally had a meeting with just the two of us.



Damnit!

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2021-10-22 3:47:27 AM  

Naido: Butt stuff.  Oh wait, wrong advice thread.


Hold on, you might have something here
 
2021-10-22 5:39:43 AM  
Get the fuq outta here

/call him James
 
2021-10-22 6:10:05 AM  
Use the correct name and ignore the rest. If he didn't care enough to correct you, you don't have to care enough to apologise.
 
2021-10-22 6:14:21 AM  

Monty_Zoncolan: Call everyone Mike when he's around


"Is your maid called Florence?"
"Her name is Florinda."
"What an extraordinary name to give a maid!"
"I did not give it to her; she arrived in my service already christened."
"What I mean is," said Mrs. Riversedge, "that when I get maids with unsuitable names I call them Jane; they soon get used to it."
"An excellent plan," said the aunt of Clovis coldly; "unfortunately I have got used to being called Jane myself. It happens to be my name."
 
2021-10-22 6:41:58 AM  
We had a new guy at work that started the day of our Christmas party that pretty much nobody knew. We had one of those white elephant gift exchanges where you could "steal" the gift from someone else. New guy did that the maximum of three times and I commented to my friend that "Rupert isn't making many friends on his first day" because he looked like a Rupert to me. My buddy called him Rupert for over a year before Eric finally corrected him. Now we just call anyone we don't know Rupert.
 
2021-10-22 6:42:37 AM  

TheHighlandHowler: I would call him "Mike-Brian," forevermor.


Mi-ran
 
2021-10-22 7:55:27 AM  
Start calling him "Ace" or "Chief" and then over time transition into his real name.
 
2021-10-22 8:04:24 AM  
I recall some time in the past there was a guy that would do this with me. I never corrected him, I thought it was funny. I'd give others around us a knowing look when he did it. An inside joke if you will.
 
2021-10-22 8:15:25 AM  
For my last 2 years of college, I thought two brothers (not even twins) were the same person, so I called them the same name. Then I saw them both in the same place and tried to avoid them until I graduated. But then, at my first "real" job, a bunch of people thought my name was Nancy (it isn't), so I figure the universe and I are even.
 
2021-10-22 8:54:44 AM  
Sorry "Brian", but if you allow somebody to call you Mike for over a year without correcting him, your name has legally been changed to Mike. I'm pretty sure that's how common law works.
 
2021-10-22 9:06:56 AM  
My last name is often a first name and I get people calling me by my last name thinking they're using my first name.  It doesn't help that both the first and last names can be either gender.  I get lots of things addressed to me as Mr. Lastname Firstname instead of Ms. Firstname Lastname.

I don't correct anyone unless it actually matters eg. on a real estate document.
 
2021-10-22 9:22:15 AM  
"Hey Mike, is your name Mike?"

"No, it's Brian."

"What the hell, Mike?"
 
2021-10-22 9:31:52 AM  
Just pretend you've been setting him up for a reference to that Geico commercial:
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2021-10-22 9:35:33 AM  
Own up, apologize and move on with life.   There are better things to get offended over.
 
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