Okay, so. I’m still relatively new at my place of employment. As in I’ve worked here for two months.
There is a sweet older gentleman who works in a different department than I do, but his job entails a lot of walking past my work area to pick up mail and the like.
Every time I make eye contact with him, he says hello to me. This would be great, because you know nothing rocks my socks more than semi-mandatory office pleasantries… BUT. This guy has decided to go the extra mile and say my name each time he greets me.
The problem is that he’s butchering my name. Those of you who know my first name are probably laughing (Steven? I can hear you) because you know the exact mispronunciation he’s making.
For your reference, though, dear reader, basically what he’s doing is taking a perfectly fine and even pretty name like Theresa and turning it into something harsh-sounding like… Thurma. (I’m sorry in advance about making fun of anyone’s great aunt’s name.)
Anyway, the first time he got it wrong I ALMOST corrected him, but his little old smile was just too damn bright and cheery for me to ruin. So now it’s been two months and every day, at least twice, I’m being referred to by a name that, due to years of the same mistake, really makes me cringe to hear.
But it’s not like I can correct him NOW, right? Like:
“Oh, hi! By the way, you’ve been pronouncing my name incorrectly for the last two months. I’ve kept my mouth shut but you know what? Today’s been kind of a shitty day for me in general so I’m calling you on your crap. SAY IT RIGHT NEXT TIME, OLD MAN.”
Any other suggestions? Has anyone ever butchered your name repeatedly? Did you correct them or were you a total turtle about it?