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Is it a serious mistake to spell someone's name wrongly in a formal writing? Do you think that offends you when that is your name?
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Hi,

It is not a good idea.

It is often a bit annoying.

Much depends on who is writing to me, and why, and on the reason for the error.

Clive
Thank you for your advice, Clive. Names do not occur as often as common words in an environment where English is not the first (and second) language. And there are some that even seem odd. So I'd usually just leave them out to avoid the care I've to take. So, here is the following question, I suppose you prefer being called by name like in the first sentence to having your name left out. Am I right about it?
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What is the context for what you are writing?

In most formal correspondence, the person's name is used only once, in the salutation. It does not reappear in the body of the letter. In fact, using my name in the body of the letter ("So it's important, Barbara, for you to...") would be weird and unduly familiar.

I would rather receive a letter that started "Dear Customer" than "Dear Barbra" with my name misspelled.
ecopsyIs it a serious mistake to spell someone's name wrongly in a formal writing?
Yes. I think it's a very serious mistake. It makes a very bad impression.

ecopsyDo you think that offends you when that is your name?
Yes. It shows carelessness if not disrespect.

CJ
Hi,

Thank you for your advice, Clive. Names do not occur as often as common words in an environment where English is not the first (and second) language. And there are some that even seem odd. So I'd usually just leave them out to avoid the care I've to take. So, here is the following question, I suppose you prefer being called by name like in the first sentence to having your name left out. Am I right about it?

Whether you call me 'Clive' or not here makes no real difference to me.

A matter that really does surprise and annoy me is the lack of politeness in some of the posts here. I'm amazed at the number of people who say neither 'please' nor 'thank you' when they ask for and receive help.

Clive
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I get it now. I hope the pepole you referred to will grow to know that having basic manners is for their own sake.
I agree with Clive that can be annoyinng.

I`m Russian and people usually think that my surname Konstantinova is my patronymic (Russians have a patronymic, which is your father`s name, instead of a middle name) as the difference is only in one letter, a patronimyc is KonstantinoVna.

I understand that people may mishear it over the phone, but it`s really irritating when they manage to address me by a different name. When they see "O" in my e-mail they tend to think that my name is Olga (quite a common Russian name), and in fact I`m Oksana.

But epic fail happened to me once when I was called Olga KonstantinoVna. I was kind of cross, but the client called me and apologized sincerely, so now I remember it as a funny episode.

And my advice in such case: apologize.