Do you double check the name before you reply to an email?

@vivasuzi (4126)
United States
March 18, 2009 8:42am CST
Here's the deal. Day after day I send emails at work and get back replies with "Hi Susan" or "Dear Susan". Well guess what... my name is SUZANNE! My email signature clearly says SUZANNE. The "from" on my emails says SUZANNE. So everytime I get a reply of "hi Susan", I'm annoyed as can be. When I reply to an email and say the "Hi so-and-so" I ALWAYS glance at their signature and make sure I write it just as they did. If they wrote "Pat" I'll say Hi Pat, if they wrote "Patrick", I'll say Hi Patrick. It only takes a second of a person's time to glance at the person's name, so why don't people double check? It already bugs me to no end that people confuse Suzanne and Susan which are 2 totally different names that are pronounced differently and everything. When someone does it on the Phone, I tend to forgive them a bit more b/c they don't see it in writing. But if you see my name in an email in writing as SUZANNE, why would you reply "Hi Susan" ???? Someone please tell me why so many people make this mistake. I find it to be very rude, especially when some of these people I've had contact with many times and they STILL call me Susan. Don't you think it's common courtesy to get the person's name right? I'm not saying I never spell a name wrong, but usually it's a typo where I switched a letter by accident - but it's never a completely different name :(
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@kareng (7986)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Yeah that is annoying. I have a similar problem with my name. The first vowel is pronounced as a short "a". I have a lady that I worked with for many years that I still keep in touch with who has always pronounced it with a long "a" which sounds totally different. She is the only person that I can remember in my whole life that pronounces my name this way and she knows how it should be pronounced. I have no idea why she has done this for years on end. I have just learned to ignore it. In this case, I think her friendship is more important, but it sure does annoy me!
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
18 Mar 09
That one sounds like an interesting case :) How can you get Karen wrong?? It does make me think twice about names I might give my kids - I think about how they will look in writing and if people will instantly know how to say them or not. My name should be very familiar to many though. I mean there's Suzanne Sommers, no one calls her Susan. I've had conversations with people who seem to think Suzanne and Susan are different spellings of the same name. Um, no. One clearly ends in an ANNE and the other in an UN sound. One has a Z the other does not. It amazes me mostly because it's not like my name is mysterious or weird. There have been Suzanne's since the bible!
@mymytri (2032)
• India
18 Mar 09
I agree with you.One should spell correctly while mailing.I do check their names and email address once again before sending a mail.Also i will check the message once again for typo mistakes.To avoid name mistakes i always add important address and name into the address book.Selecting the names and address while emailing is the best way to avoid mistakes.Happy mylotting..
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Yes I always check all those things, especially since it's work and I want to be accurate. People always get my address right (btw my address has suzanne it it as well!) but it's when they adress me in the email that they mess it up. Maybe somewhere between my mail box and their's, it gets changed to susan everywhere! People must just be in such a hurry that they don't check.
@louisex2 (204)
• India
18 Mar 09
They just guess it like: if I will write Mich, then they can think it's Michael. So, they usually don't see our sign. So, may be they are extra-ordinary[:P]...