This is a little post about something I have noticed since moving to the United States that causes me great amusement and social discomfort all in one. It is something that I get a little shy about correcting and start to giggle uncontrollably – I should be more mature about it, but I am unable to!
My name is Molly – fairly uncomplicated and simple with most people knowing that it rhymes with dolly, brolly, lolly etc. No confusion thus far … however, there have been a few funny moments when I am introducing myself to someone new, and because of my accent, they mishear what I have said – cue me repeating myself and getting more and more embarrassed. I usually end up just going with whatever they think my name is to avoid the clumsy social interaction of me laughing out of my own awkwardness.
I have been called – and I have made up some of the spellings so you get the idea of how it is being pronounced – Mo-nay, Mow-lay, Mull-lay, Mowleen and Moo-hay (my personal favourite)!
I appreciate that English and American vowel sounds are different, and I know that it will slightly change how my name is pronounced, but the aforementioned attempts at figuring out what I am called bear no resemblance to what I am actually saying, and the conversation goes something like this:
Me: I’m Molly
Me: (sounding it out) No, Moll-lee
Me: (starting to giggle) No, Moll-lee
Me: (snorting) No, Moll-lee
Me: (dying inside and wanting this awkward moment to end) … Yes
Have you ever experienced anything like this? How do you cope, or are you like me, and just blunder your way through moments like these? I would love to hear about them!