Thursday, November 3, 2011

My (Mildly) Roaring 20s: Misheard Names


Every visit to Starbucks is remarkably similar. It's the intentional consistency of the ordering process, the drink menu, the pastries, and the green aprons that's converted me. But for all of those similarities, I can almost always count on there being a small twist to every visit: the name given to me on the side of my cup. It's always some sound-a-like version of my real name, but it's just different enough to keep things interesting. For example, as Sobrina, I'm just your typical multi-city library card holder. But when I order a latte and find my name's been changed to something exciting, something like Subarenah, I transform! I become a person who knows about things like raves!

This Misheard Name Phenomenon happens all the time, and not just at Starbucks. My co-worker Brian who ordered an empanada for lunch became Barney. Ordering Thai takeout on the phone, I become Lina. And it never gets old, I crack up every time!

My co-worker Amanda told me about the misheard name she gets most often. She said when she orders at restaurants, she'll give her name as Amanda, and the name repeated back to her is... Fernando. It even happens when she orders in person despite her being a very cute girl! Isn't that the funniest, most unexpected misheard name ever?

Have you experienced the Misheard Name Phenomenon?

p.s. I love this episode of How I Met Your Mother where Barney experiences it and gets dubbed Swarley. And a tumblr dedicated to this very topic!

(image by Urban Muser)

5 comments:

Denise said...

This reminds me of a funny story of my friend who has a very unique Turkish name. She basically has given up on people getting her name correct so she'll make up names like "Echo". Imagine being at Jamba Juice and hearing the name being called out "Echo, Echo..."! It's mean but hilarious!

Phoenix Rising said...

I have gotten Gretchen, Rachael, and Richard. My name is Bridget. I am working on enunciating clearly... and looking more feminine.

Sobrina Tung said...

Denise, that's pretty funny. I would totally crack up if I heard Echo being called out.

Oh no, Phoenix Rising--Richard?! Hahha

Han said...

Wow that's crazy!

I've gotten Hailey and Heather before, but as a Hannah, it's almost required that I get every name that rhymes with it (Anna, Jana, Lana...) plus everyone feels the need to bestow what they think is a genius original nickname to it (banana, savannah, piana, montana).

Marcis Gasuns said...

Seems like a great fun ;)

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