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Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 5:01 PM
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Jennifer Levy (10/28/2013)
I went to a women's college in the mid-'90s. In my dorm of ~60 women, we had 8 Jennifers, and that seemed to be the ratio across campus. Almost all used the common, non-"cutesy" shortened version of "Jen" so trying to get one's friend's attention in the dining hall would often lead to loads of us turning our heads. I eventually took the other half of the name to avoid the confusion.

Unique names may be a pain because of misspellings and misunderstandings, but having to come up with a nickname to differentiate yourself from the thousands of identical names out there is also a pretty big pain.

And convincing everyone you interact with that you really do want to be called either your full name or your chosen nickname rather than the most common nickname out there seems to be Sisyphean.

(And don't even get me started on the proper way to pronounce my surname. I've given up on that one.)


Even though I haven't had a class with someone with the same name as me since elementary school, a couple of people have taken to calling me by either my surname or my nickname and surname together.




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Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 9:15 PM


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Jennifer Levy (10/28/2013)
I went to a women's college in the mid-'90s. In my dorm of ~60 women, we had 8 Jennifers, and that seemed to be the ratio across campus. Almost all used the common, non-"cutesy" shortened version of "Jen" so trying to get one's friend's attention in the dining hall would often lead to loads of us turning our heads. I eventually took the other half of the name to avoid the confusion.


I have a friend -- her name is spelled Jenifer. Over the years she has been told she didn't know how to spell her name, data dumped from marketing campaigns with wrong spelling. She hates Jenny.

As for my name -- If you call me James that means you don't know me. Same with Jimmy. My last name is unique enough that if you run into it in the states, I'm nominally related to that person in some form. An ex-GF looked me up years ago by looking in the phone book and found the same last name. She sent a letter to them. They mailed the letter onto my mother who passed it onto me.

But now my my online identity is pretty much jimpen. The people who see it, I hope, think it is a pretty reliable indicator of me making the comment. And I hope I have enough credibility on DBA or SQL topics to be trusted. I just googled "jimpen" DBA and pretty much came out on the top of the listings.




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Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 9:57 PM


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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:59 AM
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Saw this quite a while ago, still causes a chuckle.
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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:13 AM
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My standard reply when they mispronounce my name the third time is, "It's okay, I know stupid people can't pronounce it."

Whip THAT one out in an important meeting and see who's crushed. People mispronounce your name deliberately to assert dominance over you. Usually they're incompetents who replace understanding with aggression. I'm nice to everyone that's nice to me, but if you want to be the boss you better BE the boss.
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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:17 AM


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lnardozi 61862 (10/29/2013)
My standard reply when they mispronounce my name the third time is, "It's okay, I know stupid people can't pronounce it."

Whip THAT one out in an important meeting and see who's crushed. People mispronounce your name deliberately to assert dominance over you. Usually they're incompetents who replace understanding with aggression. I'm nice to everyone that's nice to me, but if you want to be the boss you better BE the boss.


lnardozi, go and get it done!!!


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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:23 AM


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My name can be spelt a few different ways and I am used to people getting it wrong. However I get very annoyed when people spell my name incorrectly when replying to an email from me. The correct spelling appears in 4 different places in close proximity to the cursor!





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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:25 AM


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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:35 AM


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Sean Pearce (10/29/2013)
My name can be spelt a few different ways and I am used to people getting it wrong. However I get very annoyed when people spell my name incorrectly when replying to an email from me. The correct spelling appears in 4 different places in close proximity to the cursor!



Another common, inexcusable error.

I accept that mistakes occur but sometimes it is an inconsideration that is avoidable and just rude.


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Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:43 AM


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I frequently get Step, and not just from people emailing on phones - could be worse, they could call me doormat
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