Wednesday, April 21, 2010

'E' for Elusive


Mye name is Lynne.

Withe an 'e.' 

Write it downe.

How difficult is it to use an 'e' at the end of my name in order to spell it correctly?

Maybe my sensitivity to this mistake is because I grew up next to the town of Lynn, Massachusetts which is not a very nice place except near the ocean and then, only when the wind blows just right so it doesn’t smell like raw sewage. But the hair across my ass (admittedly vulgar, yet colorful New England expression meaning the state of being irascible, irritable, annoyed – notably not found here) often comes from those who have seen my name in writing—my writing—in which it is invariably spelled correctly, yet, somehow manage to respell it incorrectly.  What’s up with that?   

Because the terminal 'e' in my name is silent but does not have the power of Silent 'E', it doesn’t seem to carry any weight at all. And although, in my experience, my name can sound like a grunt, a bark, and many other random single syllable sounds, I maintain that it has a pretty written structure:



In order to defend that tag of my identity, I have been known to sign my emails, LynnE, but even that ugly modification doesn’t seem to be enough.

What’s it going to take to get people to spell my name with an 'e' at the end?

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening.


Kelly Elmore said...

"But if you're going to call me Anne,
would you please be sure to spell it with an 'e'?
...Print out A-N-N, it looks absolutely dreadful, but Anne with an 'e' is quite distinguished. So, if you only call me Anne with an 'e', I'll try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia." ~Anne of Green Gables

Jenn Casey said...

I take it you relate well to Anne Shirley? :o)

Lynne said...


You two should really meet.

Also, although I know the story and own the book, I'm not certain I've read the book. I'll go do that now.

Lady Baker said...

LOL! Kelly beat me to it! That's exactly what I was thinking of :)

Deb said...

Ack! Multiple comments expressing the same sentiment I was going to!

Lynne said...

Who knew?

Apparently everyone but me!

Like Anne, when I was younger, I wanted to be called Jacqueline (as opposed to Geraldine), then later Evangeline (as opposed to Cordelia). I did try to convince a few people that my name was a diminutive form of Gwendolynne at one point.

Name playing - it's fun.