Wassup Wit Dat!
Wat's In A Name?
September 19th, 2011

From the last few posts in the previous blog going off about names and such, it reminded me of a blog I did waaaay back on January 31, 2008.

Yup, I remembered that blog in particular because it was about, names. Here's a blast from da past with some updated editing πŸ˜€ :

As most 'Kwonics' have figured out by now, I have an alias...but it's not what you tink. Sure I'm unemployed by day, blogger at night - wait, I'm li'dat regardless. Nevah mind.

It's that my "real" first name name is Hyung Suk, not Lance. And no, "Braddah" is not on my State ID.

Lance is for all those who can't say 'Hyung' without butchering it and believe me, you would tink that people living in Hawaii were more adept in pronouncing foreign - mainly asian - words.... Not!

Growing up with that name was traumatics! Imagine a five year old in school trying to make friends responding to "wat your name?" and having to repeat it a dozen times before da tease fest begins or they no like be friends already cause your name is too hard.

Aftah years of going through da same routine, I've had time to develop a fool proof method of introducing myself (it also helped alleviate the need for psychotherapy later). My responses to explain 'how' fo' say my name depended on who I'm speaking to.

For locals and asians, not too bad because I can say it a few times and they get it...most of the time. For haoles and oddahs, I say it once and depending on how they say it back determines da next course of action. If they say "could you say that again?" or just have a blank look and nevah even try, I just say "call me 'Lance'". Da usual response? "Oh, that's (way) better".

That's better?! Better than my God given birth name from my foreign born parents who immigrated from Korea to give me and my brother a better life and opportunity than we couldn't possibly have back at our birth country better?!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Eazy there tigah... woooo-saaaa. Hee hee. Jus' kidding, but really... better or easier?

Having a foreign name was much tougher "back in da day" than it is today. At least now there's more mainstream exposure in society so hearing a "foreign name" isn't so shell-shocking now as it was then.

In case you haven't figured it out by now, most asian names (not including Japanese but correct me if I'm mistaken) has two-part first names. Koreans always have two-parts although most people refer to just the first part. There's an exception wen a moniker develops wit da second part. Fo' realz, I had a childhood friend named, Sang Cho. He liked to eat nachos. His new "lifetime" name was Na-cho - only if life was that simple yeah?

Take for example words you hear almost everyday like...karaoke. Yeah, kah-ra-o-kay - not kara-o-key. What about Tae Kwon Do. Tay-Kwon-Dough - not Thai-Kwon-Do. Have you ever heard of Thai-gu? No, it's not an island off Thailand, try "cuttlefish". It's pronounced Tay-goo (Taegu). Then there's kah-ra-tay - not kar-ra-teee (karate).

The funny thing is that these words being broadcast by TV & movies have been so mainstream already that everyone thinks that's how it's said. Sadly, still today, "butchering" is okay and you wondah why people like me "change" our name or conjure up new ways to make things "easier". :roll:

It wasn't that we - with the foreign names - were ashamed of our God given names, it was that the odds were against us of it being pronounced right even aftah several attempts. While some genuinely tried, there were others that were straight out mean. At work - or at least wen I had a job - I always used 'Lance' because it was just easier on all ends so wen I hea' "Lance", I know it's usually a co-worker or someone I've met outside of friends. Not to say some of my friends don't call me Lance but usually it's like a tell-tale of who I'm speaking to depending wat name I'm being called jus' like "Braddah Lance" I know is fo' da blog.

Then there's the dreaded "I've only known you as 'Hyung' or 'Lance'" and calling you one or the other would be "weird". "Braddah Lance" is pretty easy no? πŸ˜›

What else do people 'butcher'? What have you heard that 'irks' you when it's mispronounced or misrepresented?

btw, fo' all da Hooked on Phonics peeps - it's Hyung - 'young' with a 'H' in front said smoothly in one syllable. It's not even remotely close to Hy's Steak House so no go there and I no smoke pot so it's not High-yung.

No mattah. Call me wat you like.... but how you call me, will mattah how I call you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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56 Responses to “Wat's In A Name?”

  1. DIO:

    sally: So which name is yours: Bishop, Baldwin, Rewald, Dillingham, or Wong? πŸ˜†


  2. DIO:

    snow: Your maiden name? You mean White, as in, Snow White? πŸ˜‰


  3. anklebiters:

    BL:

    Nope, they both lived here for like 30+ years.

    My two sons and grandson have Anglo middle names, daughter's is Japanese.


  4. Braddah Lance:

    bj:
    hahaha... thanks everyone... great way to start my monday... i'm laughing by myself sitting at my desk.. wonder what my co-workers are thinking...

    As long as your coffee, tea, soda or watah not coming out your nose....
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    M:
    Guud morning BL!!!

    Nice day today.
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    B:
    names? I only hea.... "ehhh" or "uncle" or "auntie"...wats in a name?

    True dat.... until somebody need something 'den they know your name real good yeah?
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    migloto:
    but even worse is "Honolulu". Not "hawn-a-lulu", not "hana-lulu", and definitely not "hauna-looloo"...but you wouldn't know that by newscasters, weather reporters, traffic reporters and even DJ's. And the sad thing is most of them are LOCALS!!! What's up wit dat?

    Rogah dat! I did notice dat those wit Hawaiian ties though tend to step up da enunciation like Moanikeala Nabarro or even Paula Akana. Too bad Robert Kekaula doesn't and he's Hawaiian. Even though Joe Moore is a namesake in Hawai'i, I don't expect him to cause he still ack haole kine - at professioanlly he does as I don't know him personally.
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    hemajang:
    eh Sally, my daughter works for you...can give her one raise?

    Eh sally, like call me next time Johnnie's in town? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
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    hawaiiobsessed:
    Some of the names we picked out for our kids didn't get used because of my DH ( mis) pronunciations of them!
    The J's are pronounced H and he still to this day can't properly pronounce the two forms of TH.

    Das why in Hawai'i we have universal names for keiki: "Boy" or "Girl" usually predicated by "Eh". Very simple.
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    hemajang:
    fo da longest time, was calling this guy I play tennis with Craig when his name is actually Greg. Close enough I guess, he nevah corrected me.

    You must have been da millionth person. πŸ˜€

    And I hate it when can't remember a name of someone you haven't seen for a while. Also you know when you greet someone with their name but they only say howzit because they can't remember your name. Usually I will say my name first if we haven't seen each other for a long time and only casual acquaintance.

    Ha ha ha! My life story. I'm terrible with names... I only remembah faces.
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    M:
    No need to say da name, just "Howzit brah or wasss suuup!".

    Das true.
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    Seawalker:
    In the far away land of Pakeville, if your initials were H.S., the Pakes would call you Hom Sup. That literally translate to the likes of being a pervert. Or a more common word here is "scebe".

    Good ting I not pake. πŸ˜€
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    Toekinam:
    Same here, my name is Dutch, always get my name wrong.

    Toekinam is Dutch? Sounds bookbook. πŸ˜›

    My english name is worst, sometimes its easier just to ignore it and move on.

    So I'm assuming you're just da head nod guy wit a wassup and handshake type. πŸ˜€
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    Koreankanak:
    Back in my Korean Bar days after a round of golf, we would introduce ourselves tot he servers. One time one guy introduced all of us. He said, "I'm Goose, this is Animal, he's Jonny Boy, and that's Kamehameha."

    lol Wen me and da boys was in Vegas a few years back for da NBA All-Stars, we entered a game and had to say wea we was from. I said Kaaawa and spelled it out. All da haoles was like, "is he stuttering?".

    Everybody now..... Hamas!
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    DIO:
    Believe me, no matter how any of us tried (and we did seriously try), we couldn't pronounce her name. Eventually, we all just gave up, including her.

    Lucy was dat hard for pronounce? πŸ˜›
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    bamboohouse808:
    Howzit!! I think another mis-pronounced word is "pho". Most people pronounce it "foh". I was told it is actually pronounced "fah".

    I constantly hea it both ways too. I'll admit I say "foh" wen I no tink about it. :sad:

    At least "foh" sounds better than "p-ho". I actually heard a tourist call it that!!

    And who says we speak wit an accent. :roll:
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    9thIslandGirl:
    There are two ways to pronounce my name, and many people continue to say it the wrong way, no matter how many times I correct them. I give up...I just answer to whatever, as long as it's not a swear word.

    Hui.....pssst.....eh.....


  5. Ynaku:

    snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check out FB. U like oo, then pronounce the "J" in my last name as an "H' HA...No

    Oh boy now I Chinese Chop Suey πŸ˜†


  6. DIO:

    Ynaku: No, mixed plate. πŸ˜†