Every time I call a place to make a reservation, they always mishear my name and spell something else. Who else has the same problem as I do? Elaine swiftly becomes Eileen, Aileen, Lynn, Ling, Yilin. Even when they ask me to spell it out, they mishear the spelling and it’s a ding dong back and forth of “E”, “no ELA”, “you mean ELE?” “NO! A”, “ALE?” before they finally get it right.
I don’t get it though. my name is common enough with a common spelling, none of the strange Gen Y fancy spellings like Eleayneae (I made that up. Shoot the person if they do have a name spelled like that). The only time the person got it right immediately was when I pronounced my name the way my French tutor did, not surprising as it has French origins. Strange though in a Singlish society.
Richard shared this link wtih me “Starbucks Spelling“. it’s a collection of pictures of Starbucks cups with misheard and even funnier, misspelled names. this one is my favourite:
Actual names: Ian and Amanda
Photo: Starbucks Spelling
I’m tempted to reserve a table under the name of Jesus next time. “YES! Jesus would like a table of 12 please. just pull up an extra one in case Judas shows up. thank thee!” Or what my colleague did once when making a reservation at a Chinese restaurant. He jokingly addresses himself Handsome when he speaks to clients, and he decided to carry this joke through when booking at table. So I guess it’s not surprising when we spotted this on the reservations board: