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22 Struggles That Are Way, Way Too Real For Anyone With A Unique Name

Ignoring the wiggly red line under your name in Microsoft Word.

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1. Hiding your disappointment whenever you're unable to find your name on a keyring.

2. Or a Coke bottle.

3. Or a necklace.

4. Or any type of souvenir that has "regular" names on it.

We've become way too accustomed to rampant disappointment.
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We've become way too accustomed to rampant disappointment.

5. Coming up with creative ways to make your name easier for people to understand.

"It's Gena-mour. 'Gen' like 'jean' and 'amour' like the French word for 'love'. Get it?"
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"It's Gena-mour. 'Gen' like 'jean' and 'amour' like the French word for 'love'. Get it?"

6. And making sure to remind people of this whenever possible.

7. Subtly correcting someone when they've said or spelt your name wrong.

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8. And knowing when to just let people mispronounce it, for the good of your own sanity.

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9. Developing a thick skin against the jokes made about your name.

Because there is no joke you haven't heard.
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Because there is no joke you haven't heard.

10. And arming yourself against the inevitable laughter after a substitute teacher pronounces your name wrong in class.

When the substitute would say it wrong & the class would laugh so I'd play it off & laugh too #GrowingUpWithMyName

11. Responding with the perfect fake laugh after someone makes a name pun you've heard a trillion times.

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"Hahaha, so original, never heard that one!"

12. And equally, offering an excellent straight face when you can't be bothered to entertain it.

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13. Consistently reacting the exact same way whenever someone pronounces your name correctly first time round.

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14. Discovering a new way to pronounce your name every other time you meet a new person.

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15. And a new way to spell your name every time you receive a birthday card.

when your dad spells your name wrong on your birthday card ❤️

"Ah, so I'm 'Jennymoo' today. Awesome."

16. Completely ignoring the evil "red squiggle" that tells you your name is incorrect.

FUCK YOU, RED SQUIGGLE. YOUR NAME IS INCORRECT.
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FUCK YOU, RED SQUIGGLE. YOUR NAME IS INCORRECT.

17. Knowing the exact moment someone is about to mispronounce your name, and butting in just in time.

18. Perfecting the "I'm totally not bothered" look when the teacher says they're "not even going to try" to pronounce your name.

#GrowingUpWithMyName "Sally" "Here!" "Becky" "Here" ".....Oh boy.. um, woo.. I know I'm going to get this wrong" Me:

Even though it does kinda hurt a little bit.

19. And coming to the terms with the fact that Starbucks will never, ever spell your name correctly.

Ever.
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Ever.

20. Calmly accepting the fact you'll have to repeat yourself at least three times whenever you introduce yourself.

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"It's Gena-mour." "What?" "Gena-mour." "What?!" "You know what, just call me Gena."

21. Learning to take "that's an interesting name" as a compliment.

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Other compliments include "That's a funny name", "Are you foreign?", and "Your name is so weird!"

22. And last but not at all least, perfecting the pure and sacred art of ~patience~.

Bravo