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14 things you'll know if you grew up with an unusual name

No souvenir keychains for you :(

1. Substitute teachers never had a HOPE of pronouncing it

Looking at the roll like:

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All the other kids in the class probably appreciated the momentary diversion as you tried to correct them, though.

2. And you developed a tried and tested way of sounding it out phonetically

Sibéal. SHIB-ALE.

3. People instantly make assumptions about your parents’ personalities

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“Your name is Melody? Oh so your parents must be musicians!”

4. When giving your name, you automatically spell it out

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And you use the NATO alphabet over the phone (or your own version of it).

5. You’ve never found your name on a Coke bottle


6. Or any sort of souvenir item

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*sobs even harder*

7. People somehow get your email address right, then misspell your name in the greeting


“Hi Valarie.”

8. And let’s not even get started about companies

It’s your JOB. C’mon.

9. You introduce yourself to someone, but two seconds later they’re already pronouncing your name wrong

Staring at them like, “Really? Really?”

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10. And you can predict to the letter that one joke everyone makes when they hear it

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“I bet you hear that all the time.” So WHY. WHY are you making me hear it again?

11. It’s even worse if you’ve a normal name with an unusual spelling

Those are truly the moments where you’re like, “What is wrong with my parents?”

12. You’re honestly surprised when people get the pronunciation right on the first try

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Well look at you!

13. Though it’s very amusing to see the different ways people make a hames of it

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14. And you’ll always find solidarity amongst other uniquely-named folks

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Friends forever :’)

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