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21 Of The Worst Things You Can Say To Someone With A Unique Name

"I couldn't find a souvenir with your exact name on, so I bought you this shitty alternative." Great. Story of my life.

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1. "I can't quite remember your name. It's a weird one, right?"

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Yep, that's me! That person with the weird old name!

2. "No, what's your real name?"

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I JUST TOLD YOU, DAMNIT. THIS ISN'T A GAME, THIS IS MY LIFE.

3. "Can you repeat that?"

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OK, for the third time, my name is...

4. "Can you sound it out for me please?"

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5. "That's a funny name!"

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It is? 'Cause it's kinda just the name I've been living with since birth, but thanks.

6. "Did you just make that up?"

7. "What does it mean?"

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It means my parents just wanted to call me that?

8. "Are you foreign?"

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9. "Where's your name from?"

10. "So, what's the English version of your name?"

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Erm...I just told you...

11. "I apologise in advance if I mispronounce your name"

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Can you at least try? That's all I'm asking.

12. "Your name is so unusual! So quirky! So weird!"

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It's actually pretty common in some parts of the world, but thanks?

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13. "Is your name short for something else?"

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14. "Don't you have a nickname I can call you?"

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As opposed to the name I literally just gave you? No. I do not.

15. "Oh, sorry [insert name that is STILL not your goddamn name]"

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16. "I'll just call you [X]."

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OR, and I know this is crazy, you could just call me my actual name?!

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17. "Are you sure that's how you spell your name?"

18. "Why did your parents choose to spell it that way?"

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Here's their number – why don't you ask them?

19. *makes a joke based on your name* "Get it?! It's funny because of your name!"

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Ha! So original! Absolutely never heard anyone call me "VaGENA" before.

20. "I couldn't find a souvenir with your exact name on, but I thought this was close enough"

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*sigh* Story of my life.

21. And, from every Starbucks barista ever: "Can I take your name?"

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Well, you're only going to fuck it up aren't you, so sure. Why not?