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What's in a name; new stuff in the store

Two of my favorite people in the world, Kyle and Jenn, got married in South Carolina a few years back, back around the time Yuko and I started dating ... so this chronicles something a little older. It's weird because I filled out the forms digitally in MD -- so someone mispelled a printed name. Go figure! I can say this: Yuko has gotten plenty of mileage out of it. 

The store is restocked with ... well, a lot. Some Zoolology tees still up, but this time we've added 2XL Mens! There are also new navy blue Phoenix Down tees in mens and womens sizes, done using the same discharge printing technique as the grey ones. There are also more pinsets. Basically check out the store and see if anything you've been looking for is back in stock. :)


I have a friend who had a

Comment by Shew (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:16

I have a friend who had a similar experience.. Her name is Ye Eun, and her dad romanized it incorrectly on her passport as Yea Eun, so now everyone jokingly pronounces her name "Yeah-Eun."

On behalf of my home state...

Comment by Matt (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 16:55

I'm sorry. But I think they closed down Fancy Place Tuxedo Rentals last year, so it's cool now, right?


Comment by Cheri (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:53

At a christmas party for my boyfriend's workplace,
We had to sign up on a clipboard a few days earlier, then pick up our name tags at the actual function.
My real name "Cheri Sriver" had been written as "Chen Griven"
Despite that, at my boyfriend's insistence that there had been a mistake, I took said name tag and wore it proudly.
" I like it better this way."

What's better? My dad had been at that company for over 30 years. Meaning most of the people there knew me and my name from infancy.

Happy birthday, Ananth! I

Comment by Anari (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:14

Happy birthday, Ananth! I will spare you the long story of my name and its many mispronunciations, heh.

On a side note, what happened to Fallen?

Yuko hates answering

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:35

Yuko hates answering questions about this so I tend to answer these: Fallen is over in its current incarnation. 

Thank you all so much for

Comment by Ananth Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:42

Thank you all so much for the birthday love! You guys really made my day. :)


Comment by Roxanne (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:48

I get name pains too-- it's not that hard to spell "Roxanne," but I've gotten "Roxane," which apparently is a correct spelling and isn't pronounced phonetically, and "Roxxanne..." Which isn't that far off the mark.

But at least nobody sings a song like "Anaaaaanth! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BLA BLA BLA" whenever they meet you. "Hey, you know that song?" No, I don't. :I Never heard it ever. It's not like I went to a Sting concert when I was twelve or anything. "You know that song's about a prostitute, right?" No, I don't. :I I've never heard THAT before!

Are you the one from TV Tropes

Comment by Cameoflage (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:23

I seem to recall running across somebody making this exact complaint on there. (I think it might have been the Embarrassing First Name page.)

Nope, sorry

Comment by Roxanne (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 05:08

Haha, really? I've never commented on TVTropes, so I'd have to say it's not me. I do go there on occasion to browse, but I don't comment... Or complain.

I reckon it's a pretty widely-recognized complaint by people named Roxanne, since it's a popular song... about a prostitute. And it's catchy.

Of course, NOW I won't have any problem singing it (or having it stuck in my head) because I'll just be imagining Ananth. In a dress.

How do they....

Comment by Abe (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 21:31

Get names wrong? So, so wrong...

Also: Happy Birthday Anath!

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Lara (not verified) Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:13

Happy birthday Ananth!
At least its not so bad as the principal who's known you for 7 years saying your last name horrendously wrong at one of your last award ceremonies.. and after asking you 5 minutes before hand who to pronounce it.. >>"

Anyway.. Enjoy your day! ^-^

Ha-Ha-Ha-Happy BIRTHDAY!

Comment by Charlie (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 01:10

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANANTH!!! I wish you lots of rainbow-filled joyfulness as well as a bombin' cake made of all the wonders of the heavens and earth. Have a good one!


Comment by Jan (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 01:50

All the best! As usual I'm late, but still: Happy birthday!

Misspellings are fun. I'm thinking about adopting a pseudonym, because none of my English speaking friends can get my name right.
Now I know Czech is a language from hell for westerners, but I still have hope that one day a book I did art for will have my name right.

(So far all of them butchered it somehow :D From Pospíšil to Popisil, Posposil, Popochi, Posipsil...)

Hahaha, I'll say

Comment by Ananth Wed, 10/07/2009 - 02:48

Hahaha, I'll say this: taking a pseudonym early is a good idea. I think I waited too long. ):

I clicked through to your portfolio; oh wow. Beautiful stuff. Do you do sequential?

sort of

Comment by Jan (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 02:58

Thank you! ^^

I did some comics back in school and haven't done any recently, but I've just been asked to do some samples for a very cool graphic novel project. So maybe soon.

Wonderful! Please mention it

Comment by Ananth Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:38

Wonderful! Please mention it here whenever something goes through; I'd love to see! :D

damn my scattered brain!

Comment by Jan (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 02:59

Aaaah, I also forgot to mention - I love Johhny Wander!

Please, keep up the great work! :)

Thank you!! 

Comment by Ananth Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:43

Thank you!! 

Could have been worse. They

Comment by KP (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 02:03

Could have been worse.

They could've written "Man-Ant Pan-a-Griller"

Don't feel too bad

Comment by Zehnoda (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 13:12

I've lived in North Carolina my whole life, no one can spell nor pronounce my last name, O'Doherty. Not even childhood friends. You guys should've cross the border though. NC is a much more fun place than SC. Happy Birthday and let me know the next time you guys go to Panagarixa. It sounds like a pretty awesome place.

May You Live Long and Prosper

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 14:01

How DO you spell your last name, Ananth? And I've had name troubles as well. My parents are huge nerds, so they named me Deanna after Deanna Troi from Star Trek. Sadly, Deanna seems to be an impossible name for people around here. I've heard "dee-nuh", "day-nuh", and "dye-ann-uh". (It's pronounced "dee-ann-uh") I've also seen it spelled Deana and Dana, so my freshman year of high school I started going by Dee, but now everyone keeps abbreviating my name as just the LETTER D! I think my favorite spelling error ever though was on a Japan Rail Pass where they spelled my name "Deana Margan Prat" (Deanna Morgan Platt).


Comment by ~L.K. (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 14:28

I always introduce myself as Liz Keer, as that's my name. People don't get it. (Keer is pronounced as it looks, with a long e. Essentially not Kerr, which a lot of people do, as its more common.) I've been called Alice, Alicia, Elisa, Lisa, and Kira. I usually sit there are repeat my name several times, and people never get it. One woman called me Kira, because the last thing she heard was Keer, and so assumed that was my first name, and as nobody is named Keer, she then assumed that it was Kira. Someone next to her heard us and intervened. The sad thing is that none of these people are old or foreign.

I'd say that my name is Elizabeth, but people don't get that either. They just stare at me blankly. I believe that they can't comprehend the 9-letter length.

It's actually worse with common names, I'm afraid.

Comment by Steve (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:45

My name is Stephen Hill. I've gotten Steven, Stefen, Steeven, and even Stephanie. With my last name (a common English word), I've gotten every other vowel substituted for the "i." That's right, even "e" which would make my last name "Hell." I definitely got some interesting looks from people who made that mistake. Cool, but not correct. To avoid confusion, I always just spell it out whenever I say it.

OMG, Happy Belated Birthday

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 16:35

OMG, Happy Belated Birthday Ananth!!!
Don't you love it how Indian names are always misspelled somehow?

Nananananana, you say it's your birthday

Comment by Razor (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 17:26

Happy Birthday from a fellow early-October person =)

You should just carry around the first AGLite to show to people who have difficulty pronouncing and spelling your name. XD

My first name is Melissa. For some strange reason, when I say it on the phone, it gets translated as "Martha." I called a good friend once and they sat silent for a few moments after I identified myself. "...I'm sorry, I don't know a Martha," they said in a very small voice. I didn't know whether to hang up or laugh hysterically!

I had a teacher whose last name was Holchhozer. She said that whenever her teachers tried to take roll and made noises like a cat coughing up a hairball she'd just say, "Here" and put them out of their misery.


Comment by Vero (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 22:28

By Kyle and Jenn, do you mean Kyle and Jenn Ballentine? They were married in SC and if that is the same couple that you are referencing, then I was there! :D

oh, and....

Comment by Vero (not verified) Wed, 10/07/2009 - 22:56

Oh and I work at an inbound call center for apartments and people are always calling me bizarre things. My name is Fiona and, unless the person recognizes it from Shrek, Fiona Apple, Fiona Ritchie, or from that show Burn Notice, they are totally off in left field on my name. I've been called Ana, Anna, Theona, Peona, Sierra, Sienna, Shannon, Shalonda....... I actually congratulate the first person of the day who gets my name right. >.<

Whenever I wear (or even

Comment by Sam (not verified) Thu, 10/08/2009 - 00:16

Whenever I wear (or even mention) my Zoolology shirt people exclaim that it is awesome and they must buy it immediately (then I direct them to this site). Great shirt and I'm not surprised that it sells out. :)

Happy Birthday

Comment by Mike (not verified) Thu, 10/08/2009 - 04:34

I know the feeling; my first name is really common but it seems that unless it's your own name not many people can spell it. (Michael, not hard right?)

My lastname is really simply in my mind. Woodroof. Said as it's spealt; Wood-roof. I get so many variations on it that I now spell my last name out for anyone who I need to tell it to & even then people get it wrong. ^^;

Well any how belatedly; Many happy returns and I hope you got what you wanted.


Comment by Bandersnatch (not verified) Thu, 10/08/2009 - 06:58

Happy birthday, Amnanth Panagarixa! Truly, that is the a wonderful new surname: You should be proud of your Panagarixan heritage.
I can sort of empathize with the name thing. My last name is Stotland: It's one letter away from the name of the country and people often ask if it's because I'm from there (what?). Then there's the occasional telemarketer asking to speak to Mrs. Stotard. Pales in comparison to most of the other examples people have related here.

I have a Lebanese last name,

Comment by Elkian (not verified) Mon, 06/28/2010 - 20:52

I have a Lebanese last name, with the pronunciation changed, a rare middle name, and a first name with abnormal spelling, so I get this. Whenever anyone else writes a nametag for me, you can be sure that there'll be an a with a dot over it, from a converted i.

Could be worse - I once met a guy named Blaze Utts. And his parents did a little ring-around thing with:
"Oh, we should name him [Blaze, spelling one]!"
"Oh, cool! Like [spelling two]?"
"Oh yeah! Or like [spelling three]?"
"Ooh! Or maybe [spelling one again]!"

I wish I was joking. Poor guy.

Whoa wait, 6/30? That's my

Comment by JacaByte (not verified) Sun, 09/26/2010 - 22:56

Whoa wait, 6/30? That's my birthday! Wow, I know of at least one wedding now that was on my birthday. Neato.