My Name Right, Please!
guys happen to notice the clever typo in the newspaper headline
last week? I was referred to as "Spria." Now, like
everybody else, Ive had my name misspelled many times
in my life. But the thing is, the correct spelling is directly
under my picture. So I think it takes a lot of creative energy
actually vehemently disagrees. Since hes been putting
out a little literary magazine quarterly, hes sure typos
and misspellings generate themselves in the oddest places.
Case in point, my last name is a perfect example. Being in
bold, headline type, it just about jumps off the page at you.
But all in the name of human error, Ill let it go. I
just couldnt leave it without a comment from me.
had an interesting play of names over the years. (By the way,
its pronounced Spy-ra, like a foreign spy, not Speera,
which is how most people tend to pronounce it.) Back in high
school I was called Spyrogyra, like the jazz musical group.
Of course the jazz group didnt exist back then, it was
just a clever pseudonym for "pond scum." Kids can
be so cruel. Oh, then there was "Spiarrhea" (you
know, like "diarrhea"), but that didnt catch
all kids have their names made into nicknames and jokes by
other kids trying to make themselves feel better by putting
someone else down. I was not one to make fun of peoples
names. Probably because I was sick of having it done to me.
of course, are different in that they are unintentional. They
are on paper though, and that rubs me the wrong way because
it is somehow more permanent. My name is NOT SPRIA! (Although
it could be a fine name. Its just not mine.) In fact,
a friend of ours has a daughter named Pria (Hi, Ken!). A very
pretty name for a very pretty girl.
tells me that all his life growing up his name was made fun
of. But it wasnt his last name, but rather his first.
(Herman is a pseudonym, by the way. He doesnt like to
be referred to in the paper on a regular basis.) Worse, in
school he was made fun of because he was the only country
boy (raised on a dairy farm) who was placed in the accelerated
class in junior high and high school. So it was probably more
just that he was an unknown-the odd man out kind of thing.
the other hand, was always in the popular group in school.
There was plenty of jealousy and in-fighting in that group
too, but I "belonged" to the group. Which made it
easier in some ways. I think that if you speak to groups of
kids not in the "in" group and those who are, youll
have a very different conversation with each group.
always in the "in" group, so I know how it feels
both ways. So lets all try to call people y their right
names, right spellings and treat everyone as if they are in
the "in" group-because were all in this together.
Till next time, take care.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"