Excuse me while I rant (as usual). If your name is not pronounced how it looks, do not get upset when people eff it up. It.will.happen.often.
I got cussed smooth the hell out on Friday all because I jacked up someone’s name. I was calling some leads at my PT hustle and came across a lead that was first name only. I was hesitant to call, but figured I’d give it a shot.
Me: “Hello. May I speak with Joyce please?”
Woman: “Who is this?”
Me: “My name is Natasha. I’m calling from *business* and I see that Joyce requested some information about our services, so I’m just trying to follow up.”
Woman: “Look Nateesha or whatever the fugg your name is. My name is pronounced Juh-wah-say, don’t call my house disrespecting my name like that. I’m so tired of people getting that shit wrong. JUH-WAH-SAY! What is so hard about that!? I’m not using none of your services stoopit non-reading muhfuggas.”
I got off the phone and wanted to spin my head 360 degrees like the daggone Exorcist. What.the.hell? I know I’ve written about bad names before, but come on y’all. We’ve got to do better.
And while I’m talking about names, if one more person comes up to me with this joke I might cry:
Wanna Be Jokester: “My hairdresser’s client’s name is LA-A. How do you think it’s pronounced?”
Person: “I dunno. LAAH or something like that”
WBJ: “No it’s ‘La-Dash-Ah’ Bwahahahahah! Get it? ‘La-Dash-Ah'”
Seriously, I’ve had no less than 4 people try to run that joke on me in the last few weeks—always thinking it’s the funniest ish ever known to man. And it’s always their hairdresser’s client. Put the joke to bed. Thanksandgoodnight.