The 15 Struggles of Having a Hard-to-Pronounce Name
For those who were given names that are a little out of the ordinary, the pronunciation/spelling struggle is always real. While it’s nice to not have a name that millions of other people have, it’s pretty much super annoying to constantly have to correct/spell/explain your name to, well, everyone.
Here are just some of those struggles…
1. You dread starting a new school year. ‘Cause you’ll have to correct your teachers’ pronunciations at least 10 times.
2. And sometimes, they don’t even try. They sound out the first two letters and wait for you to raise your hand and fill in the blank.
3. When someone asks for your name, your answer is always the same. “I’ll spell it for you…”
4. Or, you cleverly come up with an easier nickname to use. “My name is _____ but you can call me ______.”
5. If your name is in your email address, there have been times you miss really important messages. ‘Cause, you know, NO ONE CAN SPELL IT RIGHT.
6. Also, if there’s a punctuation in your name (i.e. an apostrophe or dash), you can basically forget it exists. Why can’t driver’s licenses print those characters?!
7. This poses a problem at places like airports. It’s kinda hard to explain why there’s two different spellings of your name on your passport and driver’s license.
8. You could NEVER find a personalized souvenir with your name on it. No matter how many times you spun the display around, it was just never there.
9. You’re used to people saying, “Wow, what a name!” And you usually respond, “It’s easier than it looks.”
10. People assume you’re SUPER exotic. Nope, just regular ol’ me.
11. You get anxiety when you know your name will be announced publicly. Like at graduation, for example.
12. And you know exactly how to phonetically spell it so it might not be messed up. Key word: might.
13. You laugh when your friends complain about their Starbucks cups having spelling errors. Isn’t that an everyday occurrence?
14. When you were a kid, you always ran out of space on the name line for your entire moniker. This is for those who were
cursedblessed with a difficult-to-pronounce AND long name.
15. You’re so used to people mispronouncing your name, you don’t even bother correcting them anymore. It is what it is!