I know that I have a unique name, but I don't think it's a real hard name to say, or to spell. It's pretty much like it looks: Sha-vonne. But I always know during a roll call, or when I have an order up at a fast food place when I'm next.
"Uh.....Shh...Sha-uon?" I try to come to their rescue- "Shavonne."
Then when they ask for my name when I order food, and I say it, you can see their pencil automatically going to the page to spell it, then pause as their brain registers what I said...
Occasionally I'll use a psuedonym, if you will, for those times when I don't have the patience to deal with the puzzled looks. I've started using the name Sharon. It's close enough to my name, plus it's my sister's name, so its familiar to me. Everyone knows how to say it, and spell it. Piece of cake.
But during those times when I go by Sharon it's been a little anticlimatic when I order. Sometimes its fun to see them stumped:
"Can I have your name?"
"*pause*....Can you spell that for me?"
3 months ago