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I have had very little luck with some people in getting them to remember my real first name. It is ... all, they were bosses, and I could not expect them to be particularly attentive to detail. Skitt (in Hayward, California)

I don't know about your real life, but I can't help observing that the use of Skitt, with nary a mention of the other name in most your posts, might lead some to think that was your real name.

Fred (in Castlebar, Co Mayo)
And here you have to contend with the added problem ... "Trivial Pursuits", "Spitting Image" "Spitting Images", ad lib to fade.

Don't forget Silver Spring(s), Maryland, part of the Greater Laurelplex. It's one test of DC area residency. McLean, ("mc'lain"), Virginia, is a second.

Few people know that for a number of years following its founding, Vienna, Virginia was pronounced Vie-enna by the residents. Some Austrian, perhaps, finally set them straight.
Charles
Former taxi driver for Silver Spring Cabs, at one time engaged to a hot blonde in Laurel, graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna, and McLean McDonald's employee during those years, there variously as the milk shake man, a window man with a cert from Hamburger University, the fry man, an opening man, and stand-in Third Man. Only once or twice was I the actual Third Man, allowed to wear a red hat, I should make clear.
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I used to know someone called 'Alex', who complained that he was always being called 'Alec'. Perhaps you could swap names with him.

No way! I picked my own name.

Me too. Jason Robarts Jr would be proud of us if he knew. A Thousand Clowns ? Yeah, that was it.
Charles
I know there are many persons named Armond who pronounce ... applications for such techniques beyond addressing my obvious vanity. ...

When people write to me addressing me as "Graham", I usually reply with "who?" That might work for the spoken name, too.

Looking around the room when after being misaddressed sometimes works. It can be done politely. People get the message very quickly when ignored. Of course if the person actually doesn't know your name, instead of simply mispronouncing it, this procedure should never be followed. If a lout is purposely mispronouncing or twisting your name, as some bozos, one or two AUE members among them, consider clever, it, or some other form of mild protest, should be considered.

Charles Riggs
Former taxi driver for Silver Spring Cabs, at one time engaged to a hot blonde in Laurel, graduate of James ... Only once or twice was I the actual Third Man, allowed to wear a red hat, I should make clear.

So perhaps it was the REAL Vienna after all?
Matti
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I have had very little luck with some people in ... to be particularly attentive to detail. Skitt (in Hayward, California)

I don't know about your real life, but I can't help observing that the use of Skitt, with nary a mention of the other name in most your posts, might lead some to think that was your real name. Fred (in Castlebar, Co Mayo)

Oh, I fully understand that, but most of the oldtimers know my real first name. There are a few who also know my last name. "Skitt" is purely my Internet handle. There was a time when I thought that revealing my true identity might be harmful to me. Now that I'm known here mainly as Skitt, changing would not be advantageous.

Alec the Latvian
I have an acquaintance whose name is 'Nina', pronounced "nine-a".

In the Gasoline Alley comic strip there was a character named "Nina Clock". Since I pronounced it Nee-na I had to have the joke pointed out to me.

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Mispronounce their names...address "Steve" with a short E, call "Brian" Brain, put the accent on the second syllable in "Dennis", add an extra O to "Bob"..

It needn't be that obvious. Add an extraneous syllable or three, as "Steverino", "Brian-o", "Bobolink"... Something that's not obviously intended to offend but that will grate on their nerves in short order.

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Don't forget Silver Spring(s), Maryland, part of the Greater Laurelplex. It's one test of DC area residency. McLean, ("mc'lain"), Virginia, is a second.

Isn't that the usual pronunciation of "McLean" as a surname (and it's not an uncommon Hiberno-Britic(TM) surname)? Granite, it also looks like it could be the name of a low-fat McDonald's hamburger.

The fact that there is (was?) a brand of toothpaste called MacClean's doesn't help.

John Varela
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