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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted May 07, 2006 16:50      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Getting people to say my last name right is also a horrible disaster. If they don't think, or know some French, they can do it. But the moment anyone starts actually thinking about how to say it, they fsck it up beyond recognition.

That reminds me of one of the few things my crazy ex was good for -- fun stories about Americans that desperately insisted on the anglocising of their names.

She worked in a call centre in Ottawa, ON. A moderately French city.

So naturally, when she saw a name like, 'Guy', she pronounced it like anyone in Canada would, 'Gee'. Apparently some people got so pissed and indignant and were like, "No, it's GUY" (pronounced like the slang ford for a male.)

Then there were names that ended in 'et', in Canada, you'd pronounce that 'ay' as in 'Monet'. They'd be like, "no, it's MON-ETTE!"

Humourous to see considering the name inevitably came from the French, and was pronounced thusly at some point.

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted May 07, 2006 19:41      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes, well see, not only is my last name French, it's misspelled French. And once you change the spelling back to the correct version, it is no longer my name, it is my name spelled wrong. The original mistake occurred when my great-great grandpa wandered out of Quebec and into the Dakotas (I saw a family tree) and got reinforced when he had kids here. Shit happens when you cross borders. However, I don't appreciate it when someone tries to correct that mistake because that's not my name and screw ups in my documents can screw me up down the pike. This is especially true for any publications I get onto - if someone runs a search on my name, I want them to be able to find every paper I made the author list on and the search engines care about spelling. And it's too late to make a legal change - I got my name on a high-profile paper two years ago and I have another, equally flashy paper coming out this year under my current name and I'll be damned if I make things complicated for anyone who wants to search my publication record in the future, when I hit the job market and things like this matter.

Frustrating as all hell. My dad has had these issues too, which is why when my mom opted to keep her maiden name he put up no fuss whatsoever.

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Tirthas the Geek
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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2006 15:35      Profile for Tirthas the Geek     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Geordie:
When I was deploying 12,000 iBooks for a certain school system, we named the computers after the students.

I like it--it has a certain Ender's Game quality about it--but I hope they kept them for longer than one term or else that must have been a configuration and tracking nightmare!

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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2006 16:56            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Xanthine: Ha, because Google's "Do you mean" doesn't want to go that way around and (gasp!) recommend me the misspelling, despite a compelling quota of hits of the misspelt form. D'oh. I am sure I must have seen "Do you mean" recommend me a misspelling at some point...
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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2006 21:18      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
?

/me googles self

Actually, google DOES try to change the spelling. I get lots of hits for the correct (as in my name as it is spelled now) version. The hits for the version the rest of the world wants my name to be does have one hit that pertains to me as well. Frickin' faculty at this university can't seem to get it right, even though it's spelled right in the bloody e-mails they send me.

Edit: okay, now I get what you're saying...

Google's overthinking, I guess.

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Icon 1 posted May 09, 2006 19:31      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
That reminds me of one of the few things my crazy ex was good for -- fun stories about Americans that desperately insisted on the anglocising of their names.

She worked in a call centre in Ottawa, ON. A moderately French city.

So naturally, when she saw a name like, 'Guy', she pronounced it like anyone in Canada would, 'Gee'. Apparently some people got so pissed and indignant and were like, "No, it's GUY" (pronounced like the slang ford for a male.)

Of course, it being Canada, the person she was talking to may well have been of scottish origin, Guy being a moderately common surname there.

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1) Do you like your birth-name? Why?
Yes, my name flows well off the tongue.

2) If you could change your name to anything else, what would it be?
Daniella

3) What names would you consider giving your children?
Torya & Christopher

4) If you had a band, what would you name it, and why?
Dangerous Artifacts - head banger reggae rock music...

5) Is there a name that you completely hate? Why?
Nadine - she hurt me.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tirthas the Geek:
quote:
Originally posted by Geordie:
When I was deploying 12,000 iBooks for a certain school system, we named the computers after the students.

I like it--it has a certain Ender's Game quality about it--but I hope they kept them for longer than one term or else that must have been a configuration and tracking nightmare!
I just want to know if anyone changed theirs to "God".

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