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snoopy, darcy

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".

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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".