On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Mar 12 20:21:01 EST 2003

On Wed, 12 Mar 2003 16:44:42 -0800, Kale wrote:

>Me, I would've 
>liked my current name if I hadn't had mispronunciation issues--no one else 
>would pronounce it the way my family pronounced it.  I got over that, 
>because it's an unreasonable expectation as most of them didn't know the 
>sounds and the others wouldn't expect the unusual pronunciation of what 
>happens to be a fairly common name.  But then many people wouldn't go with 
>my approved anglicized version either even though I made it as simple as 
>possible.  I thought about changing my name many times, but I actually like 
>my name; I just don't like other people calling me by it.  Besides, I 
>couldn't decide what to change it to.

Uh...Kale.  How IS your name pronounced?  (And here was me thinking it was
as simple as a vegetable....)  And are we supposed to call you something
else, like Rutabaga?  :)

Melissa Proffitt
(telemarketers usually say PRO-fit to rhyme with "pro sports")

English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other languages down dark alleys, hits them over the head and goes through their pockets for loose vocabulary.

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