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  MatthewK  |  28

A girl in my class name was "Lea-a" pronounced "La-dash-a" and people always got confused and called her "Leah". She would get pissed and say the dash isn't silent.


No she wouldn't. Seriously guys if you're gonna lie about knowing people with weird names, at least choose something original and not old jokes and urban legends we've all heard before. Y'all must have some sad lives to lie about stuff like this to a bunch of internet strangers, lol.

  SammyS2012  |  21

there was really a girl named la-a at my school. i swear; i honestly didnt know there was an urban legend around it, and it makes her fight with school administration that much funnier

  melbrook10  |  1

I lived down the street from a family for a long time and I kid you not their last name was Hogg and they had a son and a daughter. The boys name was Ima and the girls name was Shea making them Ima Hogg and Shea Hogg. Those poor kids were so picked on.

  jazzy_123  |  20

haha ok guys no need to get butthurt. He said it because we were giving him name ideas since his wife was pregnant. I didn't know this was an old joke.

  xeldawyn  |  14

My name is Michaela, pronounced mih-KAY-luh, but people ALWAYS pronounce it like they are saying Michael with an "a" tacked on the end or Mishella. I even corrected them before I graduated high school, but the guy on stage still pronounced it wrong when I walked up to get my diploma. It's just part if having a less-than-usual spelling of a name.

  tygerarmy  |  35

See, 1person has shown you the truth, it really doesn't matter what your name is, people will bastardize it to it's funniest version. Richard, becomes Dick, Max, becomes Maxi-pad, take it in humor, and don't hang out with dumb people who only repeat the dumb joke.

  niallo  |  23

I have a friend who name if pronounced like its spelt is satanic. She calls herself Sally.
Try the same thing and call yourself Janet. It's close enough to your real name.

By  andydaanimal  |  9

that's kinda rough, but if you can't beat them join them. when they see your name say how to proprly say yoir name then tell them its not pronounced your anus. food ice breaker and get some humor in there. ;)

  euphoricness  |  28

Uhm no that's not how it works. People would like to be called the way their name is pronounced. For example people who go by the name Richard would prefer not to be called Dick, solely for the purposes of humor.


Actually I think you're missing the point.. This guy had the right idea..majority if people are not gonna pronounce this name right when they first see it..just like with my name Kyra. Most people pronounce it as Keerah but it's really K-eye-ra. And my friend Simone's name is pronounced Simon and he's a guy we both just laugh about it and make the best of it..its not like people are doing it on purpose!

By  SWC_Penguin  |  17

I read "ja" as sounding just like "jaw."

Is that right? Because if so, I'm sorry, but hardly anyone in America is going to get it right without you explaining it first.

  Voij  |  16

I think the "ja" is as in "janitor", maybe slightly longer "a".
I can't quite understand why the rest is supposed to be pronounced "ra-nees", though. I just don't know of a language where "re" is pronounced as "ra"... am sure that one such language exists, though.

At this point, I'm just curious as to whether OP was born in an english speaking country or merely moved there with his family. Latter one would explain the difference between how one would read the name and how it's supposed to be pronounced, while the former one would work with examples of e.g. Naiphthan(Nathan) or Allyzzabeth(Elizabeth).

  MsMurphy8613  |  12

I could understand "ja" sounding like "jaw", but OP's name starts "Ya" which I would normally interpret to sound like "yahoo".