People who insist on spelling their names for others without being asked

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    Jun 23, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    "My name is Bob, B-o-b. Last name is Smith, S-m-i-t-h."

    "Sam, S-a-m"

    "Hall, H-a-l-l"

    And on and on. I thought maybe it was some kind of mental thing. An internet search turned up nothing.
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    Jun 23, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    That's Phillip with two "L's"
  • Timbales

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    Jun 23, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    I spell my last name out for people, like when I am picking up a prescription at the pharmacy, because it's an unusual last name but a very common word, and people expect it to be spelled differently.
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    some people are very particular about their name. I guess based upon a bit of insecurity. We all have our foibles and idiosyncrasies. Some are just better at hiding theirs than others
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I always just say "My name is Christian..and I'll just spell my last name" People find it complicated..so I spare them the trouble and me the headache.
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    I have a fairly simple and common last name, but usually just spell it for people because more often than not, it ends up being spelled incorrectly.

    Oddly enough, people also have a difficult time spelling my full first name, Joseph, correctly as well.
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:51 PM GMT
    Always been Erik with a K and then somehow got Erick or Arik or something of that nature. Spelling it just alleviates most of the unnecessary "you spelled my name wrong" commentary. Sometimes there's no hope even after spelling lol

    Work in a pharmacy and the spelling of everything is very important. So I'm forever going to Erik, E-R-I-K.
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    Like jprichva I also have a German last name that is not only automatically misspelled but mispronounced also. Some people just can not get over that sometimes the letter 'c' followed by an 'h' is silent and not pronounced like a 'k' or a 'cha'.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 23, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    How very interesting...

    I too have a very german last name. Its rare and commonly misspelled.
    I automatically spell it after saying it, if I know the person is writing it down.
    Its also mispronounced..

    But it can be helpful in this aspect.... when someone calls on the phone and says.... can I talk to Christopher R............. and bumbles it all to hell, I know that since I go by "Chris" and only use it legally and for business purposes.. its probably not someone who knows me personally. I'm also not shy when someone misprounounces my last name and starts into a sentence after mangling it all up.. stopping the conversation and telling them how they pronounce my last name correctly.
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    Jun 23, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Whenever I'm asked for my full name, like at doctor appointments or on the phone with a business, I always say my full name and immediately spell my last name. It's only three letters long but it's also Nigerian and I've already seen some pretty wacky spellings because I opted out of spelling it for them. icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 23, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    I will only spell my name when someone is writing it because it's spelled so differently. Kristoffer. I will correct them when I'm being summoned. I prefer Kristoffer over Kris.
  • HorrorHound

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    Jun 23, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    When I Used to have to take food orders over-the-phone, I'd always ask for folks to spell last name (over a phone, a D can EASILY sound like C or B, etc -- especially if they don't enunciate!) . Often, when you read a full or last name that is logged into the computer system, people get VERY pissed & agitated when they hear their name mispronounced or misspelled. Therefore, I always make sure I'm getting the EXACT letters of their name down. Especially if it's some unfamiliar name.
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    Jun 23, 2009 8:31 PM GMT
    jprichva saidIf you have a last name like mine, a German name with many consonants and only one lonely little vowel, you just automatically spell it because no one ever gets it right (except the odd German speaker).

    Agreed! Very few people can spell my last name correctly, so I tend to automatically spell it for people. My first name I don't really care about if it gets misspelled; although it's amazing how many people spell it "T-O-D"
  • calibro

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    Jun 23, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
    Well, I'm Robby, and unless I spell it, 90 percent of the time it will be spelled Robbie.
  • stevendust

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    Jun 23, 2009 8:38 PM GMT
    I normally spell my last name for official conversations with people like a phone company or something because it's one letter off from a very common last name and it sounds very similar too.
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    Jun 24, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    wyrln saidThat's Phillip with two "L's"


    Um...it's Philip with ONE "L" icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 1:05 AM GMT
    I always spell my last name... its only four letters... but easily misspelled
  • DCEric

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    Jun 24, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    Eric, with a 'c'... no just a 'c'.
    Then we get to the last name.....
  • hartfan

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    Jun 24, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    I'm starting to think that all of the people who have trouble spelling all your names, especially the common ones, just have a problem with spelling, period.
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    Jun 24, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    You would think that the short easy names would be simple... they aren't. People mess up my name more often than not. It's sad really.

    My last name, that I can understand. But my given name...
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    Jun 24, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    HI MY NAME IS?????




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  • Fusion98102

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    Jun 24, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    After years of being misspelled and mis-pronounced I typically say it, then spell it. Too many times I have been called Domenique or it's been spelled Dominic or Dominick, or Deauxmenique (by far the most extravagant spelling I have seen!) - but it is just plain old Domenic - with an E.
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    Jun 24, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    I don't see what the big deal is personally. So a few people tend to spell their own name out for others when they weren't even asked to. So what? If anything I would consider it a polite thing.

    In no way, shape, or form is the individual who is spelling their own name out for someone without being asked to meaning anything by it. I don't think it is rude or even an insecure thing. Many people nowadays have simple sounding names but oddly enough they are spelled differently and uniquely. You could say that these people are very proud of their names and don't want to be confused with 50 million others who have the same names that sound like theirs.

    I myself sometimes ask a person how their name is spelled and even how to pronounce it properly when I come across someone with a name I've never heard of. I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like they are calling others stupid or challenging their intelligence. If you do know how to spell their name without being told then kudos to you. Just let them spell it out, nod and smile and take it with a grain of salt.

    I have a pretty common name too but you can spell it so many ways it's ridiculous. To top it off some people assume that because of your race it's spelled a certain way too so that too might be a justification why some feel the need to spell their name out.

    As I said it's really not that big of a deal. It's not like I'm spelling my entire name out for them. If that happened then people would never spell it right and I have three middle initials so you can just imagine what sort of dilemma I would have it that were to happen. LOL.
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    My last name is unusual. In fact, there are only two Christian in the whole United States. On top of which, particularly on the phone, it can sound like a very common last name. So, in order to prevent getting mail or having folks send email to the wrong address, I just go ahead and spell it.
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    ha ha!! You used my name as an example. I almost ALWAYS spell my last name when I give it to people because for some reason Hall comes out as Paul, Hull, or any other number of variations. So, instead of having documents or whatever spelled wrong, I always just spell it for them right after I say it.