Monday, January 11, 2010

"What's Your Name?"

I just came across a FaceBook page entitled, "My First Or Last Name Will Constantly Be Spelled Or Pronounced Wrong."  After perusing the names some poor souls are saddled with I am grateful that my name is pretty straightforward.  But it reminded me of a true story that happened to one of my longtime friends.

The Big Guy and I met in college choir and we were good friends with BL and DG, another couple from the choir as well.  In fact, DG was Mikey's Best Man and later we were in their wedding party as well. 

Anyway, the two of them came to dinner at our apartment during the first couple of months of our marriage.  BL had just started a new job for the summer at IBM headquarters in Chicago.  Her job required that she make sales phone calls to a list of customers, all people she did not know.  That night at dinner BL, related an experience she had had that very afternoon.

She told us that she came to a name that she was very unsure about, so when the line was answered, this was their conversation.

BL:  "I'd like to speak to Mr. F-U-C-H-S, please."  (spelling out the name)

IBM:   (very officiously)  "Some of us would pronounce that Fukes."

BL:  "Some of us weren't taking any chances!!"

It made me laugh then and it made me laugh now!  She's quite a wit, our friend! 

Mr. Fuchs, poor guy, is probably a member of the FaceBook page!! 


  1. Oh, that poor man! I know a man who changed his name, because he was named "Michael Jackson". One time, he got paged in the airport, and everyone in the airport went to the phone he was supposed to pick up! laurie

  2. That poor dear - what a name that would be. Although, as easy as my name is, it's amazing the variety of ways people pronounce it.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I'll be coming back here tomorrow to read more of yours.

    I have 2 daughters... one with a degree n theater and one pursuing her degree in theater. I like to tell folks I have 2 Drama Queens with degrees to prove it! LOL


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