Tuesday, July 21, 2009

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...

My last name is not hard to pronounce. Assuming, of course, that you have a grasp of the English language.

See, my last name is NOT Kennedy. But I'd take that a million times over someone saying my last name in a way that grates (grates, I tell you!) on my nerves.

So that you know what I mean, let's pretend my last name is Kennedy. People like to spell my name Kenneday and pronounce it as such. They're trying to throw in an extra letter where one simply does not belong. It's not pronounced like that. It's not even spelled like that. In fact, it's spelled EXACTLY the way it sounds and vice versa! But for some horrible reason, people like putting that extra letter there. And wouldn't you know it, but the people that mispronounce it the most are those that I can't exactly tell them that they're doing it wrong. It'd be like me saying, "Excuse me, Mr. Obama, but it's pronounced ..."

So I just sit there. And take it. Until my eye starts to twitch. And before I know it, I'm driving through the Taco Bell drive through just to get a spork so that I can maim someone in an interesting way and hopefully make the news.

At which time, the reporters will likely mispronounce my name.


1 comment:

Gemfit said...

I have a friend who's first name is a little unusual. She's really good about it but she does correct people initially.

She was told at a job interview that she should change her name because it's rude to correct people who pronounce it wrong.

She didn't take the job.