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What's in a Name? Sometimes a Surprise or Two

Well it never ceases to amaze me...

We all have our little gifts. One of mine was spelling. So I tend to feel a twinge whenever I read something written by an obviously educated person that features bad spelling. For instance, I once worked for an electrical engineer who graduated Valedictorian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On the job, he had a device he had designed packed away in a box he'd labeled "Polorizer". Hey! That should say, "Polarizer".

Well, my wife's name is Sheila. Now that's only six letters in length. Count 'em, six! Two syllables, not five. Simple to say. So what's the spelling issue?

Do you have any idea -ANY IDEA- how many people misspell Sheila? Well, that's OK. No big whoop. I'm used to it. Yes, credit card companies, medical records, the whole nine yards.

That doesn't get me altogether. Until...

I was standing in a checkout line. We were next. I like to say a few cheerful words other than, it's cold outside or it's sunny outside, to the checkout person. So I check out the name tag. The girl's name was Sheila. Or... WAIT!

S-H-E-L-I-A. Oh, no.

So I had my topic. "Don't you just love it when no one spells your name right?"

"What do you mean?"

"Your name tag says S-H-E-L-I-A."

"I know. Sheila. What's wrong with that?"

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MegL wrote on May 19, 2018, 10:20 AM

It may well be the way it's spelt on her birth certificate. I had a school friend called Sheelagh (Irish spelling). So many people spell it different ways!

VinceSummers wrote on May 19, 2018, 11:02 AM

Yes. Her mother probably couldn't spell it. Surely they'd have had it fixed if it was the government agency who messed it up?

MegL wrote on May 19, 2018, 12:20 PM

And she would presumably have noticed.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 19, 2018, 5:35 PM

The mind can actually play tricks on me. I have seen this happen a few times but I can not tell you actually when. When I see a word that is misspelled, I sometimes see it differently in my mind. Can you unsterdan what I mean?

VinceSummers wrote on May 19, 2018, 6:28 PM

Possibly dyslexia. The dyslexic agnostic sometimes asks himself if there really is a dog.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 19, 2018, 10:24 PM

You are so funny Vince.