Forever A Typo

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.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. “Coral” is a funny typo for “Carol” haha.
    I once tutored a Chinese student who chose the English name “Baker” (which is my last name) as his first name. I pointed out that it was a funny coincidence, but that made him think my first name was also “Baker.” So whenever he emailed me, he’d start with “Dear Baker,” even though I’d always sign the emails as “Kylie.” This went on for a few months before I got the chance to tell him that no one but him actually calls me “Baker.” It felt very Draco Malfoy like when he calls Harry “Potter” to his face. Side note — is that a thing people actually do in the UK, or is that just a Harry Potter movie thing?

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    1. Your story is like one of things you only hear about but never experience lol. In my 11 years in the UK, i have never really noticed the surname calling to be a thing. Everyone just goes by first names. Though, surname calling can happen around boy adolescents – or so I’ve been told

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  2. Briana says:

    My name is Briana and in work emails people always add another n. Or some people drop the a and make it Brian. 🤷🏾‍♀️

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    1. That’s amazing :D. Nice to meet you Briana!

      P. S. My phone tried to autocorrect your name to Brian.


  3. Great post Caron!

    I have an unusual surname for which since the days I first started school i’ve heard so many mispronunciations. I find it funny watching/listening people crumble as they attempt it. Ironically, it’s really not that hard to pronounce.

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    1. Haha nice! I’ll add Caron to my list :).

      That must be very entertaining watching people crumble trying to pronounce your name. Did anyone ever call you Mr [first letter of your surname]?

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      1. Actually yes they do. ‘Mr O’ in the offline world.

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  4. Paolo B. says:

    I’m kind of surprised your name is mistaken for a lot of things. Carol seems pretty safe 🙂 My name is pronounced Pow-lo but I always get Paul-lo. Or Pablo. It’s been pretty bad that I just go by Paul when I give my name to restaurants or reservations and stuff. Oh they joys haha. Glad it’s not just me, good read Claire! Oops I mean Carol 😛


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