My legal name is, and always has been, a diminutive, because my parents didn't like the name from which it was derived and figured they'd never call me that anyway, so why name me that? It's not an unusual name, but I (and my mother) spent many years of elementary school explaining to the principal, teachers etc. that my name really was that. It drove me nuts when a new teacher insisted that that's just what they called me, and that it wasn't my "real" name, because I knew it was my real name--and was precocious enough to think the teacher ought to understand that I knew my proper, legal name. Even as an adult, I've sometimes had to produce a driver's license to prove that my name really is what it is--and it's a perfectly common diminutive of a perfectly common name. So I feel for any kid who is stuck in the position of having to explain his/her name and/or its pronunciation. On the other hand, I suppose if your name is "Hideous," it toughens you up right quick. Or destroys your self esteem equally quickly.
Yeah, I know. I really think it's an unfair burden to place on a child to have to explain that the punctuation in his/her name is pronounced as a word. Or to expect anyone else to figure that out. I know some parents desperately want their children to have unusual, distinctive names, but they need to balance that with the realization that whatever name they choose is one their child--not they themselves--is going to have to live with for the rest of his/her life, unless he/she legally changes it.
In the case of poor little Le--a, the child ended up in tears and the student teacher felt dreadful when he found out that he had caused a little girl such grief, even if it was completely unintentional. I wonder if she had learned, even at a very early age, that people were going to react oddly to the spelling of her name and had already given up on correcting people about it or if she was just too timid to tell an adult, especially her brand new teacher, that he was wrong. It was the beginning of the term, so the teacher in charge didn't correct the student teacher because she thought he was pronouncing it correctly too.
It's good ol' mom who should not be expecting people to read her mind and call this poor child by her unusual rightful name....poor kid...
Le---a = LEDASHA????
You know what?
All of a sudden, celebrity kid names like: Bluebell, Moon Unit, Jermajesty, Banjo, Pilot Inspektor, and so on, are suddenly beginning to seem as normal to me as Jane, Sally, Bobby, Tommy, etc.
I once worked in a school system office. One day, one of the the school psychologists came in, shaking her head. I asked her what was wrong. Seems she'd been dispatched to a school to investigate a home situation problem with a couple of kids. She told me that not only was there a family problem, but she'd had her hair blown back by what the actual, legal names of the kids were.
I gave her a "Huh?" look.
She told me the names.
My mouth dropped. I told her to her face that she was lying.
She PROVED it.
Let me try to put it as PG as I possibly can . . .
The children were named after instantly recognizable diseases.
Those were those kids' legal names.
And I only hope they got them legally changed later on.
Dandelion? Wolfgang? Fuchsia?
BELIEVE me, TAME.
Ness, please tell me they weren't named after venereal diseases.
My husband works in a school where a boy and girl twins are named female and male pronounced fe mal a and mal a. It is the most luducrous thing ever. There was also a pair of siblings named Lemonjello and orangejello. They were pronounced la mon ja lo and o ran ja lo, but you can see with the spelling the problems they encountered. Truly awful to saddle your children with that for life.
Sam Champion, the weatherman on GMA, decided to finally "come out" today when he announced that he was engaged to his boyfriend.
He is adorable/gorgeous, with one of the greatest laughs I've ever heard. He's 51, but doesn't look like it at all.
I love Sam!
And no, he DOESN'T look 51!
I'm very happy for Sam and his SO!