Wat's In A Name?

September 19th, 2011
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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 :grin: :

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? :razz:

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. :wink: :wink:

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56 Responses to “Wat's In A Name?”

  1. Keoni Simpkins:

    So, BL, I going fo chance 'em: Is it 'Hyoung Sook'? No huhu if dat not right, 'k? :D
    But I know what you mean, my last name is Simpkins, but many people when seeing it written, invariably say Simpson! Hello! Dere no "son" at da end, so why you try putting it deah? Auwe noho'i e!


  2. Keoni Simpkins:

    Anudder one dat make me crazy: Kapi'olani. Dere an 'okina in deah, so it Kah-pee'oh-lani, not Cap-ee-oh-lani! it not DAT HAHD! Even lots of locals murder it!
    Or da town right next to Kailua. It Kah-neh'oh-heh, not Kah-nee-oy.
    And Ma'ili. Mah-'ee-lee, not My


  3. Keoni Simpkins:

    Anudder one dat make me crazy: Kapi'olani. Dere an 'okina in deah, so it Kah-pee'oh-lani, not Cap-ee-oh-lani! it not DAT HAHD! Even lots of locals murder it!
    Or da town right next to Kailua. It Kah-neh-'oh-heh, not Kah-nee-oy. And Ma'ili. Mah-'ee-lee, not My-lay! Remembah da 'okina!
    'K den, I done fo now!


  4. Keoni Simpkins:

    Oh, by da way, you not mind if I post hoar, yeah?


  5. Keoni Simpkins:

    Uh-oh! How dat double post happen? :shock:
    Ah well, it up da post count, so it not a bad ting!


  6. Keoni Simpkins:

    Go ahead, tell me "kulikuli"! :lol:


  7. hawaiiobsessed:

    Second! :>) When Keoni gets done talking to himself. ha ha. Jus kidding!
    I have been on both sides of this issue. My husband's nickname ( but name most everyone knows him as) is Lacho. Like Nacho with an L. Not that hard. People have him say it several times and then still pronounce it wrong. One guy even said "that is too hard, I am going to call you Jose". What? His name isn't Jose! So disrespectful! So DH ( dear husband) says "ok, Charlie" the other guy, "what? My name isn't Charlie!" DH- " my name isn't Jose!" Wow. Some people. I don't really get why people think it is so hard to try to pronounce someone else's name. They don't even try and they are disrespectful I think.
    I really try to pronounce names ( of people and places) correctly. I knew a guy last name was Zbyszewski. There are "rules" for Polish, just as Hawaiian etc and once you know some of the rules you can make a better stab at it. I think it shows respect to try a little bit to get it right!
    I really try to pronounce the Hawaiian names right. I don't have the accents right I don't think. Trying to figure out how to get a tape of the Bus guy! :>) I had a really hard time with Laie. The biggest thing I guess is to break it up.
    I am surprised you had a hard time growing up with your name, BL. I would have thought there were so many different nationalities represented that the kids wouldn't have blinked at that.
    So is Lance part of your legal name or like my DH a nickname?


  8. anklebiters:

    On co-worker from Taiwan, nickname is 'Jack'...another from Viet Nam is 'Steve'...another (Native American) is 'O.J.'.

    Non-local peeps just have a terrible time of pronouncing 'foreign' names....

    Hideki Matsui -> Mat-sui ..WWD!!....none of the baseball announcers can pronounce it correctly, ever, especially Tim Carver. Always interesting to listen to the ESPN announcers doing color on UH football games :lol:


  9. sally:

    You mean, your name not BEE ELL?


  10. sally:

    LOL

    Okay, some of you know my IRL name. Three letters. not hard. Apparently, it's too short cuz even people who meet me for the first time say it twice. Or add a "ie" at the end. Or add a "Miss" and the beginning.

    In my lifetime I have acquired a whole bunch of nicknames, so pretty much what people call me is the clue of how they know me. And each and every nickname has it's own story of origin. LOL


  11. roach:

    BL,

    I have a niece that's hapa (japanese/haole) and to look at her, you would think that she was a local girl. Wrong.................born and raised on the mainland (military brat). She recently moved to Hawaii and whenever tries to pronounce a Hawaiian street name, talk about butchering the language. This one time, she was lost in Pearl City, she calls me up to get directions. I couldn't stop laughing at the butchering of the street names. I finally had her spell the name or she still might be lost today. I must admit that she has gotten better but whenever she says a Hawaiian word in front of me, she will always glance in my direction to see if I'm laughing.


  12. sally:

    The above comment on my nicknames comes in real handy when someone comes up to me to talk and I can't remember who they are. When they call my "name", at least I can narrow it down to how I know them. HA! Cuz not all my nicknames are derivatives of my real name.


  13. Keoni Simpkins:

    @haw'llaiiobsessed I'll have you know I'm a very attentive audience! :lol:


  14. Keoni Simpkins:

    Now how did that get so messed up? Sorry hawaiiobsessed.


  15. Keoni Simpkins:

    I tink my laptop got one menehune living inside!


  16. hemajang:

    eh BL, with the popularity of K-dramas, Hyung Suk Kwon could be mistaken for a handsome Korean actor, no? It might open up more business opportunities. BTW, did you give your daughter a Korean name? I think common here to give your child a ethnic middle name.


  17. Ynaku:

    Try say my last name. Many screw it up because they can't figure out what nationality I am :lol: I'm FBI (Full Bloodied Ilocano) But can pass for Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish or if I take my shirt off, Caucasian :D

    Anyway, I have a "J" in my last name. They will either pronounce it as "J" or "Wah" (Like Juan) or as "H" (It's pronounced as an "H" BTW). After several attempts. I give up and take it as they say it. No sense worry about it. Life is too short. 8)


  18. sally:

    @Ynaku: I pronounced it correctly!

    On a trip to Puerto Rico we were having roll call for the peeps in our group. The poor gal had a heck of a time but she did pretty good with all our local names. Until she came to JoJo.

    I mean, c'mon. JoJo.

    She pronounced it... HoHo. We all had a good laugh, but totally understood where that came from. The poor girl felt bad but we told her "no worry".


  19. sally:

    And, if any of you know my IRL haole name, it's pronounced like the rich haole name (think... medical foundation, Hawaii Kai land owner...) but we not the rich ones.

    LOL

    Have a great day everyone!


  20. Keoni Simpkins:

    Eh Sally, but you might be calabash cousins! :D


  21. 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...


  22. anklebiters:

    Sally:

    Up here the Hispanic names that begins with "J" is pronounced with an "H" accent.

    Jesus becomes Hey-zus
    Julio becomes Hu-lio
    Jorge becomes Hore-hey
    James becomes Hai-me

    so I can see how JoJo became HoHo :lol:


  23. hawaiiobsessed:

    Keoni! You make me laugh! At least you won't ever be lonely! hee hee. :>)


  24. M:

    Guud morning BL!!!


  25. B:

    names? I only hea.... "ehhh" or "uncle" or "auntie"...wats in a name?


  26. migloto:

    you hit the nail on the head. it drives me insane when people say "carry-o-key" when it should be kara-oke. but even worse is "Honolulu". Not "hawn-a-lulu", not "hana-lulu", and definitely not "hauna-looloo". It's HO, like in 'Don Ho'. How difficult is that?? Not at all right? 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?


  27. hemajang:

    eh Sally, my daughter works for you...can give her one raise?


  28. hawaiiobsessed:

    totally get the "ho ho". There was a girl from China and she called the pancake house IHOP EE Hope. So funny!
    I think in BL's previous blog incarnation we talked about some people actually can't pronounce things correctly because of the accents. 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.


  29. 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. 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.


  30. M:

    No need to say da name, just "Howzit brah or wasss suuup!". :)


  31. 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". But you too good for that, BL! :)


  32. Toekinam:

    LOL I agree with bj, too funny as I read all the comments in dis post. Classic.
    Same here, my name is Dutch, always get my name wrong. My english name is worst, sometimes its easier just to ignore it and move on. Life is too short to sweat the smalll stuffs!
    Aloha World, life is good =)


  33. DIO:

    Eh Howzit everbody, howzit hom sup...I mean, Seawalker. :lol: Nah nah nah bu, jus' kidding.


  34. 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." The lovely Korean had a hard time saying "Kamehameha" and it cam out as "HamaHama". From that day on I became known as "Hama". When I looked at the scorecard during a round, I saw my name listed as "Hama". Even when I would walk into a bar, the guys would yell out "Hama" just like "Norm" in Cheers.


  35. DIO:

    Eh BL, no feel bad. Believe me, I know what it's like being on the "other side" of things. Growing up, there was one classmate, a Korean girl. 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.


  36. bamboohouse808:

    Howzit!! I think another mis-pronounced word is "pho". Most people pronounce it "foh". I was told it is actually pronounced "fah". At least "foh" sounds better than "p-ho". I actually heard a tourist call it that!! :mrgreen:


  37. bj:

    omg... bamboohouse808.... way too funny.. tears in my eyes...


  38. DIO:

    bamboohouse808: P-ho? What the pho? ;-)


  39. Seawalker:

    @DiO - For a good pho, go to Fook Yuen at the McCully Shopping Center. "D-I-O" could be short for a number of things too. For starters, look down and front! :lol:


  40. NKHEA:

    Howzit everybody

    What da pho u bugga's talkin bout :?


  41. DIO:

    Howzit NKHEA! :mrgreen:


  42. 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. :)


  43. DIO:

    Two ways? You mean 9thIslandGirl vs 9thIslandGurl? ;-)


  44. NKHEA:

    Howzit DIO ;)

    I guess I stay lucky den since I no can hea :lol:

    See u all..... gatta go have couple beea's and pupu's now :P .....gatta watch my figa and stay in shape u no :mrgreen:


  45. DIO:

    NKHEA: No Kan Hea 'cuz get beea in yo eah. :-D


  46. anklebiters:

    There a Vietnamese restaurant here called UnPHOgettable :lol:


  47. DIO:

    oh man, that's hilarious. :lol:


  48. Braddah Lance:

    Keoni Simpkins:
    So, BL, I going fo chance 'em: Is it 'Hyoung Sook'?

    Well it's a little hard to explain visually without da words rolling off da tongue. Da first part is basically trial and error but phoentically it's correct. Da second part is actually incorrect. In Korean language the double 'o''s are entirely a different sound/pronunciation.

    But I know what you mean, my last name is Simpkins, but many people when seeing it written, invariably say Simpson!

    Ok, das pretty bad.... so wat? Da people you meet no can read?

    Anudder one dat make me crazy: Kapi'olani. Dere an 'okina in deah, so it Kah-pee'oh-lani, not Cap-ee-oh-lani! it not DAT HAHD! Even lots of locals murder it!

    I know! I get irritated by dat too.

    Or da town right next to Kailua. It Kah-neh'oh-heh, not Kah-nee-oy.
    And Ma'ili. Mah-'ee-lee, not My

    I trip out wen local people dat acutally lived there forevah no can even say it right. :roll:

    Oh, by da way, you not mind if I post hoar, yeah?

    We not stopping you.

    Go ahead, tell me "kulikuli"!

    Ok..... kulikuli.... now wat?
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    hawaiiobsessed:
    My husband's nickname ( but name most everyone knows him as) is Lacho. Like Nacho with an L. Not that hard. People have him say it several times and then still pronounce it wrong.

    Geez, really. Lacho is dat hard especially if you say it's like Nacho but wit a 'L'.

    One guy even said "that is too hard, I am going to call you Jose". What? His name isn't Jose! So disrespectful! So DH ( dear husband) says "ok, Charlie" the other guy, "what? My name isn't Charlie!" DH- " my name isn't Jose!"

    I would have "named" him something else. :roll:

    I really try to pronounce names ( of people and places) correctly. I knew a guy last name was Zbyszewski. There are "rules" for Polish, just as Hawaiian etc and once you know some of the rules you can make a better stab at it. I think it shows respect to try a little bit to get it right!

    Rogah dat.

    I really try to pronounce the Hawaiian names right. I don't have the accents right I don't think.

    We won't hold dat against you.

    I am surprised you had a hard time growing up with your name, BL. I would have thought there were so many different nationalities represented that the kids wouldn't have blinked at that.

    It depends on your neighborhood. Some are more tolerent to "foreign" names. Wea I grew up was all mixed so it was easier than venturing outside da neighborhood.

    So is Lance part of your legal name or like my DH a nickname?

    It's not so much a nickname and it's not a legal name so I guess you could really say it's a haole name. :razz:
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    anklebiters:
    On co-worker from Taiwan, nickname is 'Jack'...another from Viet Nam is 'Steve'...another (Native American) is 'O.J.'.

    Please tell me they not FOB.

    Hideki Matsui -> Mat-sui ..WWD!!....none of the baseball announcers can pronounce it correctly, ever, especially Tim Carver.

    I get real irritated by dat too! I wondah if he evah tried correcting anyone or if he was just be "polite".

    Always interesting to listen to the ESPN announcers doing color on UH football games

    You know, I gotta give those guys credit though cause they actually work on getting da pronounciations correct before going on air. They even make it a point to say Hawai'i properly wit da okina..... although they tried too hard wen they called Hawaiians Hawai'ians. :lol:
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    sally:
    You mean, your name not BEE ELL?

    You get real name?

    In my lifetime I have acquired a whole bunch of nicknames, so pretty much what people call me is the clue of how they know me. And each and every nickname has it's own story of origin. LOL

    I hear ya on dat one!
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    roach:
    She recently moved to Hawaii and whenever tries to pronounce a Hawaiian street name, talk about butchering the language. This one time, she was lost in Pearl City, she calls me up to get directions. I couldn't stop laughing at the butchering of the street names. I finally had her spell the name or she still might be lost today.

    She might have been on my street. I probably nevah tink twice cause she looked "local".

    I must admit that she has gotten better but whenever she says a Hawaiian word in front of me, she will always glance in my direction to see if I'm laughing.

    LMAO! My cuz who lived hea till she was 10 then moved to da mainland has been haolified. She lost all her pidgin and "accent". Now wen we talk or visit and she try fo' buss out pidgin or say something local, she always looks at me aftah to see if I make funny face or rotflmao!
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    sally:
    When they call my "name", at least I can narrow it down to how I know them. HA! Cuz not all my nicknames are derivatives of my real name.

    Ho wow laulau.... not you get street names? :shock:
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    hemajang:
    eh BL, with the popularity of K-dramas, Hyung Suk Kwon could be mistaken for a handsome Korean actor, no?

    Until they see my face. :sad:

    BTW, did you give your daughter a Korean name? I think common here to give your child a ethnic middle name.

    In Hawai'i I tink it's common. I have several friends wit several middle names depending on their ethnicities. And yes, Da Baby get one Japanee name and one Yobo name.
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    Ynaku:
    Try say my last name. Many screw it up because they can't figure out what nationality I am I'm FBI (Full Bloodied Ilocano) But can pass for Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish or if I take my shirt off, Caucasian

    Wen we first met, I couldn't figgah you out either cause you looked chop suey. So you FBI from FBI? :lol:

    Anyway, I have a "J" in my last name. They will either pronounce it as "J" or "Wah" (Like Juan) or as "H" (It's pronounced as an "H" BTW). After several attempts. I give up and take it as they say it. No sense worry about it. Life is too short.

    Ok Josephina. :razz:
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    sally:
    I mean, c'mon. JoJo. She pronounced it... HoHo. We all had a good laugh, but totally understood where that came from. The poor girl felt bad but we told her "no worry".

    I would have been cracking up!

    And, if any of you know my IRL haole name, it's pronounced like the rich haole name (think... medical foundation, Hawaii Kai land owner...) but we not the rich ones.

    Das like half da population in Hawai'i Kai........


  49. 9thIslandGirl:

    DIO, you crack me up!


  50. snow:

    :? *still trying to remember ynaku's last name* :?

    i like my maiden name better! lol. was so much easier... i didn't have to spell it five times for everyone. now, i don't think my married name is very difficult but, for some reason, people have difficulty spelling and saying it correctly. :roll:


  51. DIO:

    sally: So which name is yours: Bishop, Baldwin, Rewald, Dillingham, or Wong? :lol:


  52. DIO:

    snow: Your maiden name? You mean White, as in, Snow White? ;-)


  53. anklebiters:

    BL:

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

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


  54. 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? :wink: :wink:
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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. :grin:

    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. :grin:
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    Toekinam:
    Same here, my name is Dutch, always get my name wrong.

    Toekinam is Dutch? Sounds bookbook. :razz:

    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. :grin:
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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? :razz:
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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.....


  55. 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 :lol:


  56. DIO:

    Ynaku: No, mixed plate. :lol: