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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The name game

Something that really annoys me is when I answer the phone by saying my full name, and the person who has called me struggles to pronounce my name, or asks

"Is XXXXX there?"

YES you dolt, I am here. I answered the phone. I answered the phone with my name. With my full name, pronounced correctly.

I also get emails responding to mine where the respondent has assumed my name is a man's name, and not bothered to read either my sign-off or the email address or the signature underneath the email.

Sometimes they do this several times.

But the most annoying is when someone I have known for 15 years HANDWRITES a card to me and gets my name wrong. Not the spelling - that is forgivable - but the actual name. Calling me by a man's name instead of my name.

I'm simply going to delete every single email without reading it, and put the phone down on every single person not getting the name right in future until they learn. They're trying to sell me their services, their ideas, their people. I don't have to sell them anything. They're the ones wanting to "reach out to me".

By the way - ugh - 'reach out'. What an appalling phrase, conjured up by illiterate and uneducated jargon-munchers. I do actually delete everything that comes with people offering to reach out to me. Reach out to me and I'll rip your flagging arm off.

Lord Sugar wouldn't stand for it. Why should I?


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Simona Stankovska said...

Go Simoney! With a name none too dissimilar to yours, I really empathise. I have lost count the number of times someone has called me Simon. I may not have known you for 15 years, but I've definitely spelt your name right in your Christmas card ;).

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

HA! Good to hear. And yes - it is a simple process of checking. Sure, people might spell it wrongly but there's a whole world of difference between a man and a woman!

Trubes said...

Hi Mermies,
I think Mermaid is a simple name to spell, I don't have a problem with it!
Good to read your blog again, you have been missed.
How is life with you?
Good I hope?

Love Di xxx aka Trubes x

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this post, Simon. You be free to be who you want to be, if you want to be a woman, you be a woman.

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

I'm ALL woman, lol! Especially at weekends.

Electro-Kevin said...

All woman or not - I'm now bloody terrified of you.

Everyone gets my name wrong. It's NOT Kevin, btw.

AlleyCat said...

Nods head. I don't get the gender confusion but do get the mispronunciation every single day!!!! as well as various other names that start with the same letter & of a similar length. After all, near enough is good enough for some (NOT!!!!!).