What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. ~Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
Now, let me be frank. I’m no rose, so my name mispronounced ain’t sweet. Outside of my immediate family, one or two aunts, one uncle, and my true friends (a very small circle), no one pronounces my name correctly!
Yes, that means that every. single. day. of my life since I have been old enough to understand the sound of my name I cringe inwardly when others address me. And for me, it is like Raptor claws on a chalk board. That’s a lot of psychic pain.
There are two particularly memorable instances where my simple two syllable first name created “drama.” One manager told me, “Go back to your country if you want your name pronounced correctly!” And the other person asked me, “What would you like your name to be if you could choose any name?”
Well, my answer to the first was the cold retort, “I will no longer respond to you as long as you continue to mispronounce my name” and to the second, “My name pronounced correctly.”
In my little corner of the ‘net, I am hoping to make real connections, so I thought I would take this time early on to share this huge peeve of mine with you: It’s a simple name of just two syllables.
If you can pronounce JAN or JANET or JANICE, then you have the correct sound for the first three letters and the first syllable of my name. Oh, and please, say it softly — no unnecessary harsh enunciation. All together now: Jan-neen. Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?!
Call to action: Taking the time to address someone by their name and pronounce it correctly is a sign of respect and caring. Do you agree or disagree?
P.S. And no, you may NOT call me Jan or Miss J. That’s just lazy.