My child: "You know what Germy did today?'
My child: "Yes. Germy. Anyway, do you know what he did?"
Me:"Wait. His name is Germ -y, like he has lots of germs?"
My child: "Yes. That's exactly his name. BUT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE DID??"
Of course, when I looked it up in the school directory, Germy's name is really Jeremy.
That made me think of all the names I've misunderstood over the years. Here are two from my much younger years:
- For two years, we lived across the street from a Greek couple. I have no idea how to spell their name, I now know that it was pronounced, "Morto-arrow." For two years, I called them Mr. and Mrs. Mortal-arrowhead.
- Then there was the boy I went to school with named Victor Langdon. In middle school I was absolutely sure that his name was Victor Hugo.
I suppose we all have those temporary misplacements of someone's name. For my favorite pastor, unfortunately, it happened during a wedding. The couple was Jonathan and Debby. Simple enough, but the pastor referred to them throughout the ceremony as Jonathan and David. I guess there are those who would say he was way ahead of his time.
And what about odd names? I went to school with a girl whose first name was Jane. Her last name was also Jane. My boys attend school with a girl named Venus, and my daughter attends school with a boy named Mary.
So now the truth, have you butchered anyone's name recently or met someone with a name that puzzles you?