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11 things you'll only understand if you have an apostrophe in your surname

The struggle is real.

You have sent more e-mails to customer service about having an apostrophe in your name than you care to count

LET ME USE YOUR WEBSITE.

You have fallen victim to Ryanair’s apostrophe prejudice

03/09/2015. Ryanair’s staff dressed in new unifo Source: Sasko Lazarov

WHY DO YOU HATE APOSTROPHES, RYANAIR?

As Alanis Morrissette would say, “Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?”

21/8/2014. Ryanair Press Conferences Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Even Just Eat refuses to recognise you exist

:(

“Sorry we got confused” is a sentence you never want to see again

Sometimes the internet is so fragile that it completely mangles your name altogether

Hi, my name is Amy O'Connor.

ChyRIdWUoAYuYJo Source: Tom O'Neal/Twitter

Other times, it just straight up tells you that your name is invalid

RUDE.

BRpMloKCEAAx_2V Source: Justine/Twitter

Even the government won’t recognise us

Sort it out, Enda!

Computer: “Enter your last name as it appears on your passport.”

You: *types in name*

Computer: “EW, NOT LIKE THAT.”

CfLhacFUMAA7eCV Source: Liam/Twitter

And it’s not just the internet — humans don’t get it either

“OANDAPOS”

At a certain point, you learn to just leave it out altogether.

“Fine, internet, you win. My name is Amy OConnor.”

*sigh*

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