princess genevieve

mardi, septembre 26, 2006


My co-worker & I went to get lunch today at a place where you give your name, and they call you when your order is ready. Now, I went through a time period where I always gave fake names because I couldn't deal with people not knowing how to pronounce or spell my name (Amy, remember when I was Bunni?) but I've gotten over that. Embrace the name, I now say. I do love it so.

Anyway. Today I told her my name and then I handed her my bank card to pay. (um, the un-stolen one. Still haven't gotten the money back in the stolen account) She copied my name off the card, and STILL managed to misspell it. "Jenevive" Why do people automatically assume it's a "J"? (My friend Gemma also has this problem - people will often assume her name starts with a J, although I don't think Gemma is that uncommon of a name?)

And then the guys who were announcing names couldn't figure out how to pronounce it. My co-worker noticed they were struggling over a name, and said, "I bet that's you." Sure enough, he was correct.

Genevieve. 1 G, 1 I, 1 N, 2 Vs, and 4 Es. Not that hard!

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At 9/26/2006 3:10 PM, Blogger Molly said...

I don't understand why no one can pronounce your name, how frustrating!

Once I went to a restaurant and there was a wait so they took my name to put it on the list and the hostess asked me how to spell it which baffled me...why does it matter how you spell it, I am never going to see it, you just have to be able to pronounce it when you call me for my table!

At 9/26/2006 3:27 PM, Blogger Genevieve said...

Me either!

True. When I gave Bunny as my fake name, the cashier said, "Bunni?" and I said, "um, sure." Which is how it became Bunni.

i have only seen two ways to spell Molly - Molly and Mollie. (I had 2 Mollies in my camp group one summer)

At 9/26/2006 7:40 PM, Anonymous jayne said...

Your Bunni story reminds me of the time I called in a prescription to a human pharmacy for my friend's dog Bubbles. Usually, on the label, it should say Bubbles 'Dog' and then the last name of the owner. They forgot the 'dog' part, so when she went through the drive through pharmacy to pick it up, the guy, who was about 21, said to her "You're name is Bubbles?". My friend, who is in her late 30's, was so embarrased that she didn't say anything, took the meds, and drove off as quickly as she could.

As you know, I often times leave the 'y' out of my name for simplicity, so I can sort of relate!

At 9/26/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger DDK23 said...

My mom's name is Chesterine, but she goes by Chet. Instead of having to explain why she is named what she is and/or why the male nickname she just started to use Chris when ordering a pizza or in a restaurant. Chris close enough to her own name and also a short version of my sister's name. So it just became a habit for me. Of course my husband was really confused when we were first married he couldn't understand why I wouldn't use my own name.

At 9/27/2006 4:44 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I went to a french school with an anglo name. My "friends" would spell Jamie Gami, ironically, because g's are often soft in french, which seems to be the opposite of your problem, eh?

At 9/27/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Paisley said...

my name - Shelagh - which is pretty uncommon in Australia anyway, is made more complicated because my Mum chose an Irish spelling (instead of Sheila which is slang for a girl) which has a couple of common variations (you sometimes see it with a double-e). Most people at work have got used to it, or can transcribe the spelllng from my emails but 1 co-worker - let's call her Maria - persists in emailing me as Sheelagh - so I reply to her emails as Mariia. I don't think she got it though.
Interestingly, when I spent time in France, people seemed to drop the final h from my name when writing it - Shelag - but I never understood why.
Paisley seems much easier.

At 9/28/2006 9:19 AM, Anonymous nabbalicious said...

Haha, I love Bunni!

People ask how to spell my name, too, and it's NOT THAT HARD. Two syllables. Sometimes they spell it out for me with a question at the end, as though there are alternate versions and they want to make sure they have the correct one.

At 9/28/2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Genevieve said...

Jayne, Bubbles! ha.

D, that's pretty funny.

Jamie, yes, the opposite problem, it seems. When my friend Jill lived in France, everyone spelled her name Gill. (but still pronounced it Jill)

Paisley, ugh. it's just annoying when people misspell your name when it's right in front of them, like in email!

Nabb, um, I cannot even think of an alternate spelling of your name...

At 10/05/2006 10:23 AM, Anonymous Genevieve said...

My name is Genevieve too, I found your blog looking for a site that haas a decent pronuncation for "genevieve" so I could send it to my friend who insists on pronouncing it "JEN-UH-VEE", and then remarks that that is the "French" way to say it. Not in any part of France I've ever heard of...

At 10/05/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger Genevieve said...

hi there Genevieve. Glad to see you. As for pronounciation, in English, I'd write it as Gen-a-veeve, and in French, as Gen-a-v-eveh. Does that make sense to you? As for the not pronouncing the last "e" that is clearly wrong! Point out that the end of the name is Eve, as in Adam and Eve, and maybe your friend will get it!


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