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How Did you Pronounce That?


At the mall this morning I walked into a shop, where the clerk behind the counter was speaking on the phone. Her name, according to her name tag, is Theresa Thomas.  I stood before her and she held up her hand to indicate that she was almost finished with her call, so I did what anyone would do. I eavesdropped.

As it turns out, Ms. Thomas was talking to someone who wanted her name. This is how her half of the conversation went:

Her: Yes, that’s right.


Her: It’s Thomas. Right. T H O M A S.

pause while I thought to myself, Couldn’t they have figured that out? She pronounced the ‘th’ like one would say the word ‘throw.’

Her: Thanks. Bye.

Her: (to me) Can I help you? (or at least that’s what I think she said.  I was distracted by the ingenuity of this woman’s parents and the fantasy of  how she might pronounce her first name.)

Her: Can I help you?

Me: OH, yes…

And so it went.

Thufferin’ thuccotash, some people, eh?

This brought to mind a place I worked as a secretary/receptionist, long, long ago in the time before children. The company’s salesman, Mike Daoust, insisted on making sure everyone knew how his name was properly pronounced.

“‘Doe,'” he told people. “Just like a deer.”

So one day I was sitting at my desk, shuffling papers and trying to act like I was working, when a man walked in the door looking for Mike.

“Can I tell him who’s here to see him?” I asked the broad, red-faced man who streamed with sweat across from me at the desk.

My finger poised over the intercom, I couldn’t believe my luck.

I smiled and pressed the button, “Mike, there’s someone here to see you.”

“Who is it?” he asked.

“It’s Ray, a drop of golden sun.”

I was tired of that job anyway.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

54 thoughts on “How Did you Pronounce That?

  1. Awesome! I totally laughed out loud! 🙂 So perfect!


  2. Me a name I call myself… I love it. Xxx xxx


  3. I wouldn’t think of this until at least an hour or two later. If ever. I’m not what people call “quick-witted.”


  4. *hahaha* Some things are just impossible to resist!


  5. Lol, snicker.


  6. brilliant. thanks for the chuckle. 🙂


  7. Hahaha, wonderful setup! Very nicely played. 😉


  8. Great story, too funny. Made me smile.


  9. Oh for real – that was brilliant and I mean how could you resist. Life just dropped a golden moment right into your lap I just hope you weren’t too tired after the ‘fa long long way to run’ upon having delivered your line and then fleeing the job.


  10. Wow you have a bad sense of humor….eavesdropping; making fun of people’s names. lol


  11. Hahahhahahaa! Seriously, I laughed. Great story 🙂


  12. This sort of reminds me of a story about Diana Dors, probably apocryphal. She was back in her home town being introduced by the mayor who was determined to make her feel comfortable by introducing her with her real surname. She was born Diana Fluck but the mayor, so determined to get it right, got it entirely wrong and said Diana Clunt.


  13. Did Daoust call his favorite female dear?


  14. Oh, that’s too funny! Says me, a name I call myself. (Yeah, I know it’s “mi” but that’s not as cute.)


  15. Thank you! I sure needed that ❤


  16. We are several hours ahead of you, here in the UK. I’m going to bed a happy man. Thanks. 🙂


  17. Surprised he didn’t get a chuckle out of that.


  18. Love it. When the opportunities offer themselves how can we resist? 🙂 x


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