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I know that very very few people have control over their last name. What was perfectly OK in the past is not quite PC or down-right funny now a days. An example would be Dumass (pronounced dew moss).
We just hired a young lady in or office and her last name is Dumcum. I felt kind of stupid asking here how it is pronounced. It is pronounced exactly as it is spelled. I know that there is little if anything she could do but it just makes me smirk to myself when I see it. Maybe she could be like Hyacinth Bucket (who pronounces it bouquet).



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Apr. 24th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
I know someone whose last name is Faggart. He is gay, at least.
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
This one has only been with the office for a few days, so I don't know if she will live up to her name.
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
We have an older black gentleman here named "Faggett".
She could also have a first name that sounds like something else, such as Dorcas.
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
My Husbear works with a guy called Dick Bagg.
John even asked him why he didn't go by Rich or Richard. Dick says he likes the way people get all flustered by his name.
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
You see, my problem is that I have associative memory, which means that I have to attach the memory of one thing to something else in order to remember it.

That can have serious repercussions, let me tell you.

For example, I would remember Dumcum because of what it sounds like. Dumb Cum.

If I had to say her last name quickly, without thinking I would probably say something like: Stupidjizz or Idiotsperm

Oooh, or even better yet: Tardspunk
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Your post inspired a meandering search through the internet. I wondered what the Dumcum Family Crest might look like? Alas, none of the Geneaology/Family Crest/Coats of Arms sites had that name in their databases.

That led me to a search for a Family Crest Generator (preferably humorous). I am aghast that I haven't been able to find one. I thought it'd ALL been done on teh interwebz these days. I think that would be an interesting app for someone (who is not me) to write.

Meanwhile, here is MY family crest. Apparently, my ancestors had something against otters... Personally - if I were designing the family crest today, it would have a thermostat set at 60, a rainbow flag and a box of tissues (we all seem to have sinus issues...).

Apr. 24th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Mine has a cock on it. :)

Apr. 24th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Well, by golly it does! I wonder if their enemies ran in terror of the Great Yellow Cock?
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
great britcom reference!

i use to work with a rather large man with the last name of waddle....however he pronounced it Wuh-Dell. he wasn't french
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
*smirk* What a name!

Her first name isn't 'Bobby'... is it?
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh boy...she must have taken some massive teasing at school.
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
'e vas a FRAHN-kin-steen.
Apr. 25th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Everyone gets teased for their name in school. Everyone gets teased for anything. The first time I rode a school bus on my first day at elemetnary school I threw up on the bus, everyone called me germy after that.

I worked with an engineer called Rollin Ball.
I didn't get the cool joke till I said his name to friends.
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
My last name is Ridener. Imagine a southerner saying Ridin'er, and that's it.
People refuse to say it correctly, though, because they think it sounds dirty.
So, they say Rid-ner.

Hello, that's just the past tense!
I always said if I ever changed my name, it'd be to Ridenim.

Apr. 25th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I worked with Indian fellow named Dikshit. Thankfully it was pronounced DEE-chit. It still made me grin a lot.
Apr. 26th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Speaking of names...
We have a guy here in our office whose name is Harshit... Everyone just calls him "Mr. Shaw" hmmmmmm
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