Sunday, November 9, 2008

can you spell my name???

Yesterday after the MPRE, I went to lunch/retail therapy with 2 of my favorite law school ladies. Before hopping in our cars, we decided to stop at Peets to grab coffee. I walked up to the counter:

Counter Gal: Hi, can I help you?
Me: Hi, may I have one of those Vanilla frozen yummy things (I used the actual name...can't tell you what it's called)
Counter Gal: Sure, anything else?
Me: No that's it.
Counter Gal: Ok, that's $3.83. May I have your name?
Me: Sure, it's Bianca, b i a n c a (that's me spelling)
Counter Gal: Thanks.

My name gets called when my drink is ready and the guy said "I don't even want to tell you how that's spelled."

Today I went to Starbucks to get a drink and my name was butchered again.

You'd be surprised how often my name is mispelled. Examples:

"Beanca" - how this guy who had a crush on me spelled my name on a Valentine he sent me in 2nd grade. He shouldn't be surprised that it didn't work out.

"Beyanca" - I think people think "bianca" is similar to "Beyonce" and therefore spelled the same. No, it's not.

"Beonca" - Be.On.Ca. I guess I could see that...

"Bianka" - Ok, I quit.

When I was little, I really hated my name. Kids in school constantly told me that I had a weird name and I would explain that I was named after Bianca Jagger and they thought I was weird. Years later I think it's really rad that I'm named after her and I embrace it. I got used to people misspelling it, so I got into the habit of spelling it for people which is met with 3 responses: 1) They spell it correctly (yay!); 2) They butcher it anyway, meaning they didn't listen or were annoyed/don't care; 3) They say "I know how to spell, thanks."

Maybe I should make a bedazzled nametag and wear it around town. Not the best look for me, but maybe people will start spelling my name corrctly. Or I could just take my coffee and be quiet.


Libby said...

i find myself spelling my name all the time, too. libby is just way to hard to spell i guess.

Bayjb said...

You should just offer to write it on the mug for them. Apparently they have trouble s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g

Kahea said...

um...can we just discuss how my name is Kahea? so not only does the spelling get butchered, but you would not believe the pronunciation.

which is why i just say "amanda" whenever i'm asked for my name at coffee shops. problem solved!

SIGH. saturday (post-MPRE hell) was a good day. i love my jacket and slouchy hat...

♥ Tiffany ♥ said...

i just miss rambo calling you binky!

i just texted you with my own unque spelling of your name.

i think i need to get you a bianca necklace like the carrie necklace.

Andy said...

I think you have a cool name...Maybe you should just wear a "Hello my name is B-I-A-N-C-A" name tag.

Anonymous said...

For the longest time I never knew anyone named Bianca. Then I met two Biancas. One spells her name like you do. The other spells her name "Biannca." Yeah: two "n"s. Maybe it's those few rogue Biancas with alternate spellings causing all the problems for you.