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Old 02-05-2007, 09:24 AM   #91
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I'm an A-leesh-a, but growing up I had A-LISH-uh, which I hated. I had a Colombian piano teacher who asked if he could call me A-lee-cee-ah because it was easier for him to pronounce.

I went to school with a girl who's name was spelled the same way, but pronounced like Alyssa. I refrained from telling her that her parents spelled her name wrong.

"You don't even know how to pronounce my name. It's Ack-med not Ahmed."



That's for any '24' Season 6 fans out there. You'll understand the reference. Thank God more people don't go joining terror organizations over name mispronounciations.
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:56 AM   #92
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I have a method for dealing with names I can't pronounce (or for when I don't quite know what to call someone). When I want to talk to someone I either start with "um," "excuse me," or I make a little throat-clearing sound. Just about everyone will look at me with a questioning look on his/her face, and then I just start in on what I have to say. I doubt most people even notice. Sometimes I've gone years without saying anyone's name when I talk to people.

Now that I think of it, I did something similar with emails to at least one person. I was a bit wigged out about calling him by his name, even in emails, so I would always start my emails to him with a hi or a hiya, but never with his name. I did that for almost two years before I started to use his name. Ok, so I'm weird.
I do that too. Mostly because I forget people's names, or didn't know them in the first place. I don't think I've ever called my inlaws by their names.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:19 AM   #93
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:21 AM   #94
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anyway. i considered naming my daughter sky blue. the night she was born, my best friend called me from the chelsea hotel (she was supposed to help coach me through labor but my daughter came almost three weeks early and she missed it)

i named my daughter chelsea, after the hotel.

amazingly enough, she is thirteen now and wishes i had named her sky blue.
I like Sky a lot. I like how it sounds even without a reference to the sky.

My little sister, had she been a boy, would have been named 'Skylar' which would have been spelled Schuilar (I think) since it's a Dutch name. Since she turned out to be a girl, my mom now regrets not naming my brother this (she had an ultrasound and knew it was a boy).

She ended up being named Laina Renee after my great-grandmothers Lena (pronounced lay-nah) and Renette. I guess after me they saw how much easier it would be to spell the kid's name phonetically.


I thought of another name I love, but maybe it's too old fashioned? Louisa.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:04 PM   #95
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:24 PM   #96
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I also hate it when people are "creative" with the spelling of names. It just makes them seem as though they're fools who can't spell properly.
Heck, *everyone* I know is doing that!
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:23 AM   #98
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"You don't even know how to pronounce my name. It's Ack-med not Ahmed."



One of coolest quotes from any series of 24. I almost burst out laughing. That said it must indeed be frustrating for people who have their name mispronounced so often.
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Old 02-06-2007, 08:32 AM   #99
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really.

what about single mothers?

Arrr, ok.
There are nearly always two parties involved in giving names.

Hope no one will blame me for not considering the increasing number of single mothers.




Even if there isn't a second one, namely a father, being a single mother is no excuse for giving your kid a ridiculous name.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:45 PM   #100
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I have a funny name story, but it can't really be blamed on the parents involved. My dad used to do construction work, and one time he was building some cabinets for a guy whose last name was Farter (seriously). That would be bad enough for any little kid growing up, but what made it worse was his wife's name was Gustava... I really don't think I would have taken my husband's last name if that had been me.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:50 PM   #101
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My sister is a teacher, so she encounters a lot of strange kid names. The one that sticks out the most is Feather. Someone actually named their child Feather. Mainly, my sister just complains that there are way to many girls named Kayla.

I went to school with a kid named Casanova Zigfield Nurse.
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during my teaching rounds i was amazed and amused by the shithouse spelling of normal or "boring" names to make them more exotic. Jaiyne, or peatahr anyone?

Then there were the olden day names coming back for some reason like rose, edmund, iris, bert etc (i like most of them actually)

But I came across the worst name fo a child channayliynnlee (chan NAY li EN lee) I mean not only did it take her 5 months to learn how to spell her name, but it never gets written properly, doesn't fit on the page, her parents don't like nicknames so you have to shay the whole name and its just.
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:00 PM   #103
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A state by state map in the newspaper here last week shows our entire country losing all imagination in naming children. If it's a girl-it's Emily or Emma, if a boy-Michael by a long shot and then Joshua. Well, at least these are historically first names, and sans affected spelling-not Em-ill-ee, etc
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:55 AM   #104
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I thought of another one I like - Aubrey, for a boy
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:42 PM   #105
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Aubrey is a cool name

I like Aiden for a boy, and for a girl Bailey. I also love Irish names like Aislinn and some others I have heard.
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