I have a decently easy and common name but it is always mispronounced badly too. If I work with them I will correct them once or twice but if they keep doing it I just let them look stupid. People I meet once I let it slide. I had a co-worker who continued to mispronounce it wrong and it felt like it was a test to see if I respected myself or something. It was just weird. She even wrote the label for my mailbox so there was no way she didn't know what it was.
"It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate, it takes guts to be gentle and kind" ~ The Smiths
DS1 6.29.06 ~:~ DS2 10.7.10
My name can be either an English female's name, or due to my mother's brilliant kre8tive spelling, an Hispanic male's name. So, I have to do a lot of correcting, often of gender as well. Yeah, thanks Mom. I hate kre8tive spellings.
Natasha, are you Canadian? It reminds me of how they pronounce Tanya (first syllable rhymes with 'man', rather than 'on').
Everyone pronounces my first name wrong. You're probably doing it right now, but I forgive you because it's the internet and you can't hear me say it. The "i" has a long "e" sound, it's Italian, my nickname amongst friends and family is "Reese".
I do try to correct people when given the opportunity -- today I got a message for "Marissa" from the midwives office (and I'm only 40+ weeks pregnant, the receptionist should know me by now, ya think?). I called her back and said this is ma-REE-sa... I have no idea if it sunk in....
At this point I answer to whatever, though. It's been a lifetime of annoyance for me, which is why my kids will have common, easy-to-pronounce-on-sight names.
My first and last name are VERY common, so absolutely no mispronunciations there. My mom's name is Melanie, and for some reason, people CONSTANTLY refer to her as Melody--written and orally. I don't get that AT ALL.
Amanda--My LJ Avery Beatrice, 8/15/2002 Jaden James Alexander, 1/14/2007