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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Wednesday January 19, 2005
08:32 AM

my name is ... what?

[ #22790 ]

I am not a stickler for how people spell my name, but I figure I'll get it stated publicly at least once.

My name is Ricardo. People have asked, "Do you mind if I call you Ricardo?" No, I don't. It's my name. My name is not Richard, and I will be annoyed if you call me Richard or Rich. My name is certainly not Richardo, and I will be very annoyed if you call me that or address mail to me that way. It genuinely annoys me.

I almost never write my own name, except for my signature or my initials. When I do, I write "Rik." Many of my friends call me that. I never write Rick or Ric. Sometimes people say, "But there's no 'k' in Ricardo!" Well, there's no "k" in Richard, either, and people write "Rick" for Richard. I spell it R-I-K, and if you're going to call me by that name, you should, too.

I doesn't bug me when people spell it Ric or Rick, but I imagine people would rather spell it the way I intend, not some other way. (It's strange, to me, that people usually default to Ric.)

I also respond to Rico and RJ, by the way.

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  • I just noticed this morning that whoever edits the soaplite website spelt my name as 'Arron Trevena' when pointing out my SOAP::Data::Builder module.

    I have no idea why people would possible spell Aaron as Arron -- aron or erin or something but why would have two r's in it?

    People frequently mis-spel it, even tho its no more foreign or less common than hannah, josh and any of the hebrew biblical names. If they were a stickler for romanizing the hebrew name it would be AHRN.


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    • I suspect it's that "aa" is rare in English, and they know there's supposed to be a double letter in there somewhere, so they come up with "Arron". People do the same thing with "Isaac", spelling it as "Issac" (which, unlike "Arron", isn't a very reasonable spelling for the sound of the name).

      But then some people introduce an "aa" by misspelling "savvy" as "saavy". Probably because "vv" is also rare.
  • My first name is frequently spelled incorrectly as Randall. In fact, an early mock-up for the first llama cover listed me as "Randall L. Schwartz", and the thumbnail from that got propogated to the website and was used for a few early print ads until I caught it.

    I also cringe a bit at people calling me "Randy". I never introduce myself as that, but people sometimes use that without checking with me first. I think they're just trying to be "more friendly", but I decided very early in my life that the tho

    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • My name is Joshua. I never introduce myself as Josh and yet people who have just met me find no problem in replying, nice to meet you Josh - I am X.

    I get tired of correcting people. I get frustrated by the fact that people still say Josh even after being corrected. I have gone as far as to use a nick-name completely unrelated to my first name. It is short sweet and is easy to remember. I now introduce myself as follows:

    My name is Joshua, but I prefer to be called Gat. If you would prefer to call me
  • You'd think Purdy would be an easy name, but it's not and probably made worse by my Southern dialect. No one can seem to get it right from ear-to-pen. Perdie, Purdee, Perdy, Birdie ... even Purpy. Probably doesn't help to have phoenetic ambiguity. I've just resorted to using my first name.

    - Jason
  • One of my online aliases is "E is for Ian." Some people don't get it.
    qw(Ian Langworth)
  • I also experience this on occasion, although it is usually my last name that they mispronounce.

    Instead of Godin (which I've been told is a fairly common name in Canada), which is pronounced go-din, I get God-in or strangely, Grodin (they're probably thinking of the Actor, Charles Grodin)
  • It never fails... people will look at my last name and pronounce it "Bodini". Just once, I'd like to be able to tell he whole world: "It's two Os and only one I!" Kind of a buncha misfits, aren't we? John