Don't make fun of a person's name

@JudyEv (121547)
Bunbury, Australia
December 29, 2017 9:09pm CST
I wrote recently about my true name being Judith as opposed to Judy. @Morleyhunt mentioned that her first name has ten letters so she doesn’t often use it. I was reminded of a story about a young man who worked in a bank. A lady came in to change the signatures for an organisation. When asked for the name of the new treasurer, the woman said ‘Barbara O’Shaughnessy’ to which the bank clerk replied ‘Gee, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?’ You can probably guess the rest. When the lady signed the form she carefully wrote ‘Barbara O’Shaughnessy’. It’s best never to make fun of people’s names! And did I ever happen to mention that Vince’s first ‘real’ job was in a bank? And a photo of me with my rabbit.
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@UncleJoe (9753)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
30 Dec
I tried a bank job and almost got caught!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Haha! Good one. Thanks for the laugh.
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Dec
my room mates firstname isJudithalsoi
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
It's not an unusual name but it's also not very common.
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@xFiacre (4386)
• Ireland
30 Dec
@judyev I feel for people who have a name normal for where they live but then move to a country where that name sounds just outrageous in the new context. For example the Indian surname Dickshit doesn't fare well in Ireland, Oz, NZ etc.Bearers of that name seem to change it to Dixit.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
There are some Asian names which cause much merriment in western worlds too. Those afflicted often decide they'd prefer a western name.
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@xFiacre (4386)
• Ireland
30 Dec
@JudyEv I'm quite shocked that that name passed the Mylot censor. Someone's sleeping. When I was a child in Malawi it was the custom for people to randomly take upon themselves Western names without applying thought. One young man my father taught announced he had changed his name to Hitler and my father had to stop teaching engineering and start teaching history in an effort to prevent this.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@xFiacre The back-packers sometimes adopt a western name too. If I've never heard a name before it can be really hard to remember. One young man who helped us once was called Catcha which sounded more like Gotcha and I didn't have so much trouble with that one for some reason.
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@peachpurple (12851)
• Malaysia
30 Dec
My name was often made fun even by my father in law, not just friends
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Oh, that's a shame. That's not really a nice thing to do.
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• Philippines
30 Dec
i'm glad your husband didn't mind @peachpurple, but i hope he asked his father not to.
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@peachpurple (12851)
• Malaysia
1 Jan
@JudyEv yeah so sad
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
30 Dec
That is quite a mouthful though. I knew a kid when I was growing up who's first name was short, but his middle name was McKitterick and his last name was McDonald. I always thought it mustve been horrible when he was learning how to write his name when he was a wee one.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
My school-friend was Polish and had an 11 letter name. She would always spell it out for the teachers in exactly the same way.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
30 Dec
My children have beautiful names - they agree, but living in a country like SA where pronunciation is a problem to many Afrikaans and African people the names SVEN, INGE and MECé turn into all sorts of hysterical mouthfuls
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
I can imagine! Speaking of SA, I've just finished reading the book 'Good Morning Mr Mandela' by Zelda la Grange. I really enjoyed it.
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
30 Dec
@JudyEv Yes that would be a good Book - Zelda was Nelson's personal assistant for all his years of serving - a very Afrikaans young lady, but one with amazing patience in our new world and for the amazing President she served.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@Inlemay It is a very interesting book and she seems such a lovely person.
@Marty1 (32568)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Dec
LOve the photo! Both if you look so cute! I know what you mean by a name being a mouthful as i always thought my name was too big. My sister has a four letter name, and then married a man with three letters to his last name! But my nephew has my last name as his middle name!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Three letters is really short! No trouble signing books or whatever with a nice short name.
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@Marty1 (32568)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
30 Dec
@JudyEv It is too short to have three letters! It is also not fair as I have such a hard time getting my name on a line to sign for things! She has such an easy time doing it!
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@Marty1 Some people have it very easy don't they?
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@Ganma7 (2837)
30 Dec
What a cutie! Love your picture. Some things are better left unsaid
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Yes, it was a bit thoughtless but I guess he learnt a lesson from it.
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@Ganma7 (2837)
30 Dec
@JudyEv i agree
@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
30 Dec
I’m glad my parents gave me a short name. But I would never make fun of anyone’s
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
No, I wouldn't either. In this case it was really just a tactless remark with no harm meant.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25400)
• United States
30 Dec
What was your rabbits name ?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
I'm not really sure as I don't think it lived long but I have a horrible suspicion it was called Blackie.
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@andriaperry (48825)
• United States
30 Dec
That is a mouth full.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Yes, although it's not all that bad really.
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@Scrapper88 (1333)
• United States
30 Dec
When I hear a last name like that; I often ask them if they know what part of the world it came from. I like to see if they know some of their family tree.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Some names give a good clue to the nationality of the person, don't they?
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@jstory07 (66168)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Dec
You were a cute little girl and I like your rabbit.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
I was lucky enough to have lots of pets when I was little.
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@hereandthere (29867)
• Philippines
30 Dec
there are filipino surnames that are probably hard to pronounce or spell for other nationalities. conversely, i also get stumped when i see names that are mostly consonants.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
I find first names of those from other countries can be unknown to me and therefore really hard to remember. It's bad enough remembering Sally or Ivan or Tom or Enid but when the names are ones I've never heard of they seem twice as difficult to recall. We have trouble when we have back-packers out and often have to ask them their names. .
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• Philippines
30 Dec
@JudyEv it's also hard to tell from the first name if male or female.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@hereandthere Yes, that's very true. No doubt they had trouble with our names too.
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@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
30 Dec
That name isn't bad sounding at all. Sounds pretty normal.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
It is normal but perhaps a bit longer than some. He should have just kept his thoughts to himself.
@toniganzon (49185)
• Philippines
30 Dec
@JudyEv He should have.
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@GardenGerty (98217)
• United States
30 Dec
It is always wise not to say flippant things to strangers, you may seriously embarrass yourself.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Dec
That's very true. Sometimes you need a few years under your belt before you really absorb that lesson.
@RasmaSandra (16998)
• Riga, Latvia
30 Dec
You were a cute little girl. I have a bigger problem I always kept my maiden name after my first marriage. The second time around I made no change at all. My parents gave me three names. So to solve signature problems I only use my first name Rasma and my maiden name Raisters. But in my passports my official name is Rasma Sandra Zane Raisters-Adamsons. How's that for a mouthful?
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Lucky you didn't go to that bank! That really is a mouthful! Oh dear.
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@josie_ (6993)
• Philippines
30 Dec
Rabbits and children go together . Parents should carefully consider what name they give their children. Nothing much to be done about our family name though. Someone I once had as a neighbor name her daughter after an ancient Egyptian princess. The only problem was it consisted of more than 50 characters. (can't recall it for obvious reason) However she did grow up to be a very beautiful girl (We had a chance encounter)
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
Some parents seem to choose some very strange names for their children. I know a hippie couple who named their two sons Dixie and Sunshine. Their surname was Joy. I always felt really sorry for Sunshine Joy.
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• Philippines
30 Dec
@JudyEv i thought dixie and sunshine would be female names. sunny would have been a bit better.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Dec
@hereandthere That's true but honestly, Sunshine? I bet he got teased at school.
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@ridingbet (50270)
• Philippines
1 Jan
you look a beautiful young girl in that picture. all of us siblings have 2 names but my sister has three. my kid brother has just one name and even the shortest at 4 letters only.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jan
Thank you. My Mum only had one name but I have two.
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan
@ridingbet Some people are given three first names aren't they? I quite often see criminals who have three first names.
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@ridingbet (50270)
• Philippines
14 Jan
@JudyEv really? maybe they use their first names one at a time if they try to evade capture by the police authorities.
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• United States
31 Dec
I never comment on a name , unless saying that I like it .
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Dec
That's a very good way to be.
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• United States
31 Dec
@JudyEv I never liked my name, ever, so I just try and be careful. I know someone that named her girls after cars, Mercedes, Lexus
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@JudyEv (121547)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jan
@CookieMonster46 I think Mercedes is the name of a saint too isn't it?
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