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on changing your name

In making appointments for things, I have just begun to enter the world of telling people, "It's spelled C-O-B-L-E-I-G-H. No, not T-H, GEEE-H. L-EEE-I. Yes." (more slowly) "C-O-B-L-E-I-G-H."

And it's pronounced, "cob lee." Not "cowb lye" or "cob lig" or "cowb lee-(mumble growl spit)."

I've been spoiled terribly by "Smith".


I've been spoiled terribly by "Smith".

Yes you have.

I suppose I should be glad that people know how to pronounce my name correctly, they just can't spell it correctly. My surname, now, they can't even spell it correctly when I spell it out for them. Selective dyslexia, due to there being a much more common spelling. In fact, both my first name and and my surname suffer from being less-common spellings of more well-known names, so I usually end up having to spell them both out completely. "With a kay, and an are-wy-en... With an ee. No, that's an ee instead of an oh."

Imagine if your surname had been "Smithe" or "Smyth".

Mind you, my sister has it worse, as her first name is very unusual, and is usually mistaken for "Nerida".

Yes, but it marks you as a Powerful Individual! Picture this scenario, as you introduce yourself to the President of the Stuff-Rachel-Researches Foundation:

"Oh, you're Rachel Smith. Um... excuse me, I need to visit the loo."

Now, compare this with New, Improved WelshLastName!

"Oh, you're Rachel COBLEIGH! You know, I have a large wad of excess cash that I need to fund something with. Do you have any research projects that are chronically underfunded?"

...and it could be worse. My wife's name becomes, variously, "Linda", "Lanaie", "Lena", "Renée" or even (at the deli near her work) "Romeo".

Blast from the past

Hey, Rachel! It's Mel! You know...PCCO Mel: Wrangler of Windows, Ubergeek Extraordinaire. Now I'm Georgia State Mel. Still an Ubergeek, but they won't let me play with Windows anymore. *sniff* I play with their network equipment instead. MUAHAHAHA!

Funny you mention last names... I still legally go by Lamoureux, though I informally go by Ferman, my married name. You'd think I'd jump at changing, especially since I've been married since February 2003. Nope. Spending a whole day standing in long lines at the SS office and the DMV have kept that from happening. Not that anyone gets 'Ferman' right, either. 'F-U-R-M-A-N?' 'F-U-H-R-M-A-N' No, like German with an F. '???' *Sigh*

Yes, you've been very spoiled by 'Smith'. :)

Drop me a line! mcsemel[at]bellsouth[dot]net. Hope everything is going well!

Hey! WOW!

How'd you find this journal?! :)

I heard that you just had a little girl! Wow...everybody changes. I'm getting married in 17 days. That's my big news for now. :) I'm still at UMass, chugging along towards a Ph.D. It's actually going well, so I'm not complaining. :)

Of course, "Lamoureux" is so much easier to spell than "Ferman"... :)