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Okay. How is it that someone can be able to type 'rachel.blackman' for the user portion of my work e-mail, can see my name in my signature and in the from headers, and still write "Thank you, Rachael" in an e-mail to me? R-a-c-h-e-l, NO SECOND A! It's in the Bible, yeesh! LOOK IT UP!

Ahem. Sorry...pet peeve. :)


Prolly the same way people read a "w" into the name "Andre" despite being pronounced nothing alike: laziness. on-dray, ann-drew. c.c;

Considering that the guy named Andrew at work was a TOTAL UNREPENTANT ASSHOLE and I try my hardest not to be, this one really unnerved me.
If it makes you feel any better, the high school which I attended for four years tacked an 's' onto the end of my last name. On my diploma.


Heh. Try this:
I married a guy whose brother is married to a woman whose first name is the same as mine. Hence we ended up with two "Jane Does" in the family, which confused my poor mother-in-law to the point where she started calling us "Jane One" and "Jane Two." My husband and his brother had to stop referring to us as "Jane" and start saying "my wife", like we were pieces of furniture.

It got worse.

"Jane One" took a job in the very building on a campus where I was working. Not only that, but my husband and her husband worked on the same campus, in the same Physical Plant. ("Hello? This is Jane Doe. I'd like to leave a message for my husband." "Er. Which husband, ma'am?") And to make it even more fun, we lived on the same street in the same town in the same apartment building, and we both had two kids, a girl and a boy born three years apart. (No, I am NOT making this up. I wish.)

It got so bad that a few years later, when someone thought I was my brother-in-law's wife at his mom's funeral, I decided it was time to change my name. Primarily because she was (and is) a self-centered, shallow person - the type you definitely don't want to be mistaken for!
That's why, to this day, my side of the family calls me one name and my friends and co-workers call me another.

Just don't call me Ishmael.
I, too, am a Rachel and I sympathise! All last year at Uni, everything from results to lists with me had Rachael on it. I have never, ever written my name as Rachel. I had sent them numerous forms all with Rachel (NO A) on them and yet still they assume I'm a Rachael. Gaaah! I don't like the look of Rachael, I like being Rachel (thankyouverymuch!)