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Old 11-22-2002, 01:15 AM   #1
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Do you have a last name NO ONE can pronounce correctly?

My last name is similar to, but is NOT, Schindler. (And if you take a split second to sound it out, you can pronounce it correctly.) However, everyone and their mother (except for close friends and family, obviously) insist on pronouncing it Schindler. And I've heard so many Schindler's List jokes it's ridiculous. Back when that movie came out people would ask me how my list was- I've been introduced multiple times as "Rachel- she has a list!" My family has even called for pizza or Chinese food and had the employee make some List comment when we give our name.

My poor grandmother was also a victim of all the Schindler's List shenanigans. For a couple days in a row some people would call in the middle of the night and just ask "Do you have the list?" She was so confused- she didn't realize it was in reference to the movie. Luckily, they stopped calling her after awhile.

The only good thing about having a "hard to pronounce" last name is that I can always tell when telemarketers are calling: "Hi, can I speak to Ms., uh, Schhh, um, Schland, uh, Shandelar?" I once had a telemarketer try to sound out my last name and then say "oh- I give up!"
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John's last name begins with a silent "S" and also has a silent "o". I'd never heard of that last name before...I can never even find it in phone books anywhere.
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The only good thing about having a "hard to pronounce" last name is that I can always tell when telemarketers are calling: "Hi, can I speak to Ms., uh, Schhh, um, Schland, uh, Shandelar?" I once had a telemarketer try to sound out my last name and then say "oh- I give up!"
I can always tell to bc they pronounce my name wrong too! but now when they asked for someone in my family or even me and the pronounce the name wrong i just say that the person is or im not there!!
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Ya know...I have one of the most common last names in the world...and people STILL screw it up.
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I don't think I have a difficult last name, but those idiot telemarketers still never get it right. Usually I just insult them on their lack of reading skills and hang up.

If they really annoy you, just get Caller ID. A few bucks a month is a fair price to pay for some privacy at dinner time.
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A guy in my class has the name: Phonphersean Khamsaysook Thats one hell of a name
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The only good thing about having a "hard to pronounce" last name is that I can always tell when telemarketers are calling: "Hi, can I speak to Ms., uh, Schhh, um, Schland, uh, Shandelar?" I once had a telemarketer try to sound out my last name and then say "oh- I give up!"
YES.. I always hang up as soon as I hear them try to pronounce my name.. uh yeah its someone trying to sell some shit.. goodbye!


Go ahead.. try to pronounce it.

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Thats so true about the telemarketers!
My maiden name ends with '...eux' and if I had a dollar for ever person who pronounced the x when they said it, I sure wouldn't be here today. No, I'd be sailing on a 85 metre yacht around exotic islands drinking daquiris bossing around my staff of 12 and wondering how the other half are doing.
Oh, and then if I had a dollar for every person who asked if it was French? I would be sailing along side a bunch of friends on the yacht I would buy them with those dollars laughing at them telling the staff what to do etc etc. Of course its stinking French! Sheesh!!

Now I have a comparitively easy last name, and it still gets stuffed up. But I reckon if I moved to Ireland which is where it comes from, I would have no problem.

Sicy, is yours [phonetically] Vetch-eeo? Or Veck-eeo? I'd guess the first, cos of the double 'c'....But I'm prolly wrong!
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this dumb bitch at work calls me Ellen and I'm think I'm gonna kill her

I have a first and last name that noone can seem to pronounce
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Well I was blessed with the name Manus McElhone, so its great fun watching/hearing people try to get their mouth around it, English people are particularly bad really.

Also the various spellings we get on our mail are sometimes quite extraordinary.
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Go ahead.. try to pronounce it.

Vecchio


as in "Vekio" one would presume *hides in case its wrong*
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My last name is Tuck and people STILL get it wrong sometimes.
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Old 11-22-2002, 08:24 AM   #13
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my last name is may. like the month.

i get more questions on how to spell it than other names i know.

i also get the joke, 'you should marry a girl named april!' a lot
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I have the same last name of actor Joe Pesci, but it is not pronounce the same. My family comes from Northern Italy. People never get it right so I tell them to remember it rhymes with Dick Tracey.
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I have a Spanish last name (de Guia) and people always say, "de Gwee-ya", "deh Gwayah", "deh Goo-ya", etc.
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