Hello good people of the Internet,
I go by aliases, non of whom are aliases of my choosing.
What am I talking about?
Well I’m talking about my misspelt name or a name that my peers assign to me.
My name – Carol
Here are the aliases bestowed upon me.
Carole, Caroline, Claire, Coral
Let me explain by saying that I don’t get offended, it has happened so often that I’m used to it, sometimes it’s just a mistake and other times it’s a ‘what the hell man‘. None more so than if we’ve actually known each other a while.
During my undergraduate degree, a classmate of mine called me Caroline for 3 years (3 YEARS!) and each time I would correct him, my name is Carol not Caroline. And yet, I was still Caroline.
In my mind this is equivalent of the following
Hi my name is Paul,
Hello, nice to meet you Pauline.
Just how? Yes I know the example I gave are two different gender names, but you see the point.
An event that inspired this post occurred recently. A colleague of mine has been repeatedly spelling my name as ‘Carole’ in emails even though my email address clearly shows my name written without the ‘e’.
I’m the bright side, I’ve been reading it as Carol-lay which makes me feel very cool :).
HOWEVER, the one that I have never understood is Claire. This does not even remotely sound like Carol. I have been called Claire by multiple different people at different times throughout my life, so hey, maybe I just look like a Claire?
Here I am, accepting my fate. I am forever a ‘typo’, forever an alias not of my choosing.
So, how about you? Please tell me your stories about your typoed name and/or given aliases. I would love to hear them.