12 Things You Experience When You Have A Unique Name
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12 Things You Experience When You Have A Unique Name

Life is so hard, why did my parents have to add my name to the list too?

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12 Things You Experience When You Have A Unique Name

My parents did not try to be original with my name and hoped that this in turn will make me a cooler person. I mean I still am, but that was not the original intention. No, they just didn't plan on moving across the world where my name was all of a sudden unpronounceable by the native folk. After 13 years of dealing with puzzled looks when introducing myself, I think I can call myself an expert on the 12 things you experience when you have a unique name.


1. Hearing that sudden anxious pause during roll call on the first day of school and knowing it's you.

Just shout out "here" and let us move on.

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2. Getting asked how “your people” would pronounce it.

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3. Seeing a substitute teacher and dreading going through it all, all over again.

Let's hear this new variation of five letters.

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4. Never ever finding your name on cheap trinkets at souvenir shops.

Screw you, coke.

5. Getting endless questions about where you’re from.

I tell people L.A. but technically I'm from the Valley.

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6. Microsoft Word thinks your name is misspelled.

*Clicks to dictionary.

7. Autocorrect is even worse.

No, I did not mean, "today Drunk is coming to the pre-game."

OK, maybe Autocorrect knows what's up.

8. Not knowing if they just mispronounced your name at Starbucks or if it is someone else’s drink.

Starbucks is just bad with names, so I feel no personal discrimination here.

9. You have to write out your name phonically at the bottom on a name tag.

Nermine.

(Neer-mean)

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10. People who have never met you in person very clearly using non-gender specific pronouns when they email you.

At least they are trying to not be offensive. You tried, people. You tried.

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11. Making reservations under your friend’s name to spare the hostess.

Zh-umm... Amanda!

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12. The first time you have a teacher with a similar ethnic background, and they read it right on the first try.

And then messes up everyone else’s name. Take that Rayshell, I mean Rachel, feel my pain!

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It is a struggle, but at lease you're always memorable. Even if they cannot remember your actual name.

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