My name is a quandary to most. Well, I guess I should say the spelling of my name.
When, they hear it or see it, they say “oh, how unique” or “isn’t that pretty” or “wow, two ‘y’s.”
My response “Yeah, my mom hates me!”
Seriously. Every single time I have to spell my name out, I wonder what the heck my mom was thinking (sorry mom, love you, but the spelling? It’s a little crazy!).
Over the phone is the best.
I call any company; the doctor’s office, credit card company, friend to leave a message and this is pretty much how it goes.
Person on the phone: What is your name?
Me: Krystyn Lastname (which is very easy to spell)
POTP: Is that with a ‘c’ or a ‘k.’
Me: option 1 :K. (If I’m feeling snarky, that’s all I give them…it’s a fun game!)
option 2: Let me spell it for you. K-R-Y-S-T-Y-N.
Me: No, K-R-Y-S-T-Y-N.
Me: No, two ‘y’s, there are two ‘y’s.
POTP: So, it’s K-R-Y-Y-S-T-E-N.
Me: No, not two ‘y’s in a row. There are no vowels. Just ‘y’s in place of the ‘i’ and ‘e.’
POTP: Oh, okay, I get it. K-R-Y-S-T-Y-N. Oh, how unique.
Me: grumbling Yes, yes it is.
If it isn’t important, I just tell them to spell it however they want. After correcting people for
28 twenty-one years, I’m over it!
And for the record…the best mispronunciation of my name? Cry-stein! Yep. And, that was a counselor at my school in high school. That knew me. 4 years! At least she helped me get a rocking scholarship. (A close second is Christine.)