Are you annoyed when your name is wrongly spelt or pronounced?

@kevchua (1004)
Malaysia
July 24, 2009 6:57am CST
How many times have your name being wrongly spelt in some documents (e.g: ID, registration form, passport etc.). I've sometimes got my name spelt with an "L" although there isn't one. They even pronounce it with an "L". That's pretty annoying to me, and I get upset. It shows disrespect; well, if it happens first time, I'd correct them. Anything more than that, I'd probably tick them off. My name isn't too difficult to pronounce or spell. I guess it's their attitude that names are not important that irks me. What about you?
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43 responses
• Indonesia
24 Jul 09
Many people wrong when write my name at the first time and I know my name is quite difficult to be written correctly if you just hear it. They often only write one 'L',, the right one is with two 'L',, hahaha,our case is on the contrary with 'L'. then, they often forget 'C'. If it's the first time I don't mind but after2 or 3 times they still write it not correctly I feel rally annoyed,so i correct them. If after this they still make same mistake I'll mark them as other people and can't get too close to them.. Name is very important! It's our identity and somehow I feel something with the person who have same name as me..I don't know what feeling is that..
@Janetx3 (441)
• Singapore
24 Jul 09
yea it's irritating when people pronounce your name wrongly. But it's not really their fault, so i won't hold so much grudge when they did that, unless they purposely pronounce my name wrongly, that makes me mad. But i learn to control my anger and only try to express them when i am claim down, so as to prevent any conflicts. [:
@trm820 (222)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Oh goodness this annoys me to no end. -lol- My name, and I dont think I need to hide it, as my first name is pretty common, but it is Tanya. People spell it with an ' o ' or they will pronounce it as ' T an ya ' when it is pronounced as ' T on ya '. I really hate when people screw up my name, especially after being told! -lol- Happy Mylotting. ^-^
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@med889 (5958)
24 Jul 09
Sometimes I am annoyed when a person who has been knowing me for long and do not write my name correctly so I tend to correct the person with a grin inside myself and I make deliberate mistake to write his/her name also wrongly to make him/her realise what I was feeling. I met a friend after some 3 years and I still remember her name and when she came to talk to me she was hesitant to say my name because she was not sure so this made me a bit angry because we were good friends in college. But anyways sometimes memory plays a role.
@rookiekan (883)
• China
24 Jul 09
i am not annoyed by the wrong spelt by the other people.but connection of my first name and last name often be misunderstanded and joked by other people and seldom occured in the name list.the mean of my name may understand "talking a lot but nonsense.it's annoyed me!!
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
25 Jul 09
No problems with my first name. It's my last name, both maiden AND married, that people just don't get it. They are both pronounced exactly like they are spelled. Many people get the spelling wrong and then end up pronoucing it wrong. This mainly happens when someone who doesn't read/speak English fluently.
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
People spell and pronounce not only my English name wrongly, but my Chinese name as well. :) I guess these people take less pains in making sure that the spelling (especially) is flawless especially in sensitive documents. Imagine if the registration office spells your name wrongly in your birth certificate. How much hassles you have to go through to get it corrected...phew! Hey thanks for your response :)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Well let me tell you through elementry school through high school my name has been misspelled , pronounced wrong and its just wrong. My name is Denise Perego and they call me Dennis Prego first of all i'm not a man and im not spigetti sauce. So i wish they would just get it right!
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
Hi Denise (i got it right, right?) yeah, your name is one of the common errors made by people. I guess they don't know that Denise is for a female, while Dennis is a man's name. Well, perhaps they'll have a "Denise the Menace" movie one day :)
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
25 Jul 09
can i assume that your name is kelvin? that'll explain the addition of the 'L'. some people just find it so difficult to understand that there are many names in the world. similarly, people always misspell my name. they'd spell it with the letters jumbled up. even pronouncing my name is a challenge for most people. it may not be that they feel names are not important. i feel it's more of the comfort zone that people are unwilling to step out of. people are so used to the way a name is that they are unwilling to accept that there might be another similar name. hopefully people will start to realise that there are so many different ways names are spelt and pronounced. cheers
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
Hahaha...wrong, applefreak. You need to drop the "L" in my name. You know, I had a problem pronouncing "Gandhi" when I was in school. Friends laughed at me. It took some time for me to get that name right. SO it all boils down to effort... and interest. You could be right about the comfort zone too. The easy way out not knowing it could cause embarrassment. Thanks for the response. :)
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• Canada
24 Jul 09
Hell you think that's bad? The Government spelt my name wrong when I was born so now in every registered document I am missing an 'i'. It would cost me thousands of dollars to change THEIR mistake XD
@kevchua (1004)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
Hi, it happened to one of my family members too. Her name was wrongly spelt in the birth certificate, and as the result, she was stuck with that name forever. Changing it would cause lots of hassles and legal matters. It's a good example of how important correct spelling of names is. It's not only to show respect to a person's name but it also avoids problems later.
• Philippines
16 Dec 11
Hello kevchua! Yes, I do get upset each time my people misspell or mispronounce my name. My students usually misspell my name. This usually happens among those whom I handle for the first time. Sometimes, even if you tell them, they still forget.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
8 Aug 09
I am not annoyed when my name is wrongly spelt.I tell the person that the name is wrong the tell sorry and tell the correct name.Some people who speak another language aren't able to pronounce my name properly.I will tell it to them still they will repeat the mistake i will leave it just as it is.If we make new friends we should not spoil the relationship with them.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
29 Jul 09
My name is never right. I don't pay much attention. I love it when the telemarketers call, because they have an awful time. If they can't say it right, I just tell them they have the wrong number, and they stop calling.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Hello, my first name is easy to pronounce so there is no problem on anyone mispronouncing my first name. My last name is more difficult. When people ask me my last name they always have to ask how is it spelled.It is usually mispronounced but I don't care.It does not bother me when it is mispronounced.I always expect it to be mispronounced.
@punkincat (216)
• United States
26 Jul 09
My last name is often misprounced I'm use to it. Sometimes my first names gets messup to. I can tell when its an accident so I'm not offended.
• United States
26 Jul 09
My real name isn't Sarah. My real name get mispronounced and spelled All the time. I hate my real name.It was my mom's favorite name so I am stuck with it.Here I use Sarah and the only thing that happens is some forget my H at the end. I can handle that.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
25 Jul 09
My married name is most often mispronounced by someone whose primary language is Spanish. It is a perfectly good, rather common, English name, but for some reason, those who speak Spanish think it should start with an "A" instead of an "E". I always correct the person and spell it for them. I've never had any adverse reaction to my correction, but it happens so often that I've begun to wonder why.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
25 Jul 09
i will pronounce it for them and spell it for them.i have two Ls in my last name and for some reason they do not want to pronounce the last L which you have to so you pronounce it right. it does get annoying if the same person does it over and over again. then when they do i just look at them an kind roll my eyes and shake my head then they know what they have done wrong. it does work sometimes when they go to pronounce my name they look at it and guess what they get it right.
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
25 Jul 09
Well to be honest with you sir. This used to annoy me quite a lot, I have never ever let the government spell it wrong, too much hassle. I always spell it for them over the phone, or in person. I had a teacher way back when, I corrected her 3 times, after that, she next spelled my name wrong. I stopped working in her class, I got sent to the office of course, but I said, if she can't be bothered to even spell my name right after being correct 3 times, why should I apply myself in her class. Then as I got older, it started to bother me less and less. Shortly after I got my license, it was correct on the license! But, I did get pulled over for going a little to fast. And the officer did not spell it wrong, but he put the names in the wrong place. So I did not pay the ticket, because I told them, I do not know who this person is. They rolled their eyes at me, but because of it I did not have to pay. Then just this morning, I was on the phone with the insurance company, and she asked me for my first name, And I told her my first name, then she asked again...and I told her again, then she asked really annoyed like, and I told her again just as calm as day. Then she said fine, whats your last name, so I told her that then she started calling me Mr.First name....go figure. Lets have a game then shall we. My name is Chysom John Scott. How do you think that should be pronounced? How often do you think people think Chysom is my last name? Happy MyLotting!!
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
let's Hi5!! I have my name always spelt wrongly.. whenever someone said the 2nd letter, I will strait away stop them from continuing.. I won't say my name is difficult to pronounce and it's quite common too, but yet people will still get it wrong! I have people even get the whole name spelt in totally different way. I am saying, my baby will soon have the same issue too, as even now she is 5 months old, whenever I go clinic, I got the nurse wrote her name wrongly. At times, I will just tell them I write myself. I also never like to have people filling up form for me, as I know they will sure have the "mistake"... I wonder... anyway, Happy MyLotting :)
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Rarely, my name, Matthew, is pretty easy to spell. But I can imagine it would be frustrating.