#Starbucks Name Fail – Round 1

12 Nov

Last week, for fun, my friend gave her name as Phoebe at Starbucks, to see what would happen.  She’s seen me post many a picture of the Name Fail Game that I play at Starbucks.  (If you follow me on Twitter, I post a lot of them there as well.)

I have often wondered – is it me?  Can I not say my name clearly enough?  Have I picked up some weird accent after living in places like Chicago, Little Rock, and Dublin?

Do I just not make sense when I speak?  Is that why I get cups like this?

Stebie

Stebie

But I now know it’s not me, thanks to my friend.  Because of her post about calling herself “Phoebe” and getting “Febe”, her friends wanted to join in, and then I challenged people as well.

And boy, did you all go for it!

So I present Round 1!

One reader found there is a problem to calling yourself “Phoebe” – you have to answer ALL the Phoebe Trivia.  Don’t worry, there’s not a lot.  One you get a lot is “Oh, like on “Friends”!”  I will even say “Phoebe, like on “Friends”.” to get them to understand why I am saying.  (And sadly, it is almost always followed with “OH!  PHOEBE!  I didn’t quite hear you.”  This is how I end up as Stebie I guess.)

But this reader emailed me the pic and the story how the lovely looking man at the counter said “Oh, I know that name!  That’s a character of one of my favorite shows!”  She didn’t know of the show – it was “Charmed”.

That said – he still got it wrong.

so close...yet so not right

so close…yet so not right

This was another try  – you can see how they went for a second “P” but then tried to save it – but were still wrong.

Ken in San Diego

Ken in San Diego

That whole “oe” part is a killer. Why is there a silent O anyway?  We might as well just eliminate it, as seen here –

Jackie in VA

Jackie in VA

And then we had this whole “bee” trend, which I don’t know if I’ve seen before…

Desiree got to see a different name misspelled! How exciting!

Desiree got to see a different name misspelled! How exciting!

My friend the instigator of this whole thing got this duo - one name, two ways

My friend the instigator of this whole thing got this duo – one name, two ways, one right, one wrong

Suzanne in TX sent this one

Suzanne in TX sent this one

Then there were those who just decided an “F” sound must always begin with an “F”…and all went horribly wrong after that…

Linda went out of her way to find a great location for this Febe

Linda went out of her way to find a great location for this Febe

"M" in Miami got Fibi...yeah...

“M” in Miami got Fibi…yeah…

Katie in the Bay Area got the hybid "Febi"

Katie in the Bay Area got the hybrid “Febi”

There were a couple of Starbucks that got it right though –

Katie in Boston found a Starbucks that could get it right

Katie in Boston found a Starbucks that could get it right

MK in PA got one right and then its spin-offs!

MK in PA got one right and then its spin-offs!

And then there’s Spencer’s Coffee in Bowling Green, Kentucky – not only did they get it right, they made it pretty

courtesy of Brenda

courtesy of Brenda

So what have we learned?  Well, that Phoebe is a hard name for people to spell.  Some get it right, but most don’t.

Want to play along and try to be a Phoebe?  Send me your best tries.  Have a name that’s always misspelled?  Send me what you get on your cup!

Meanwhile, I shall continue to get stuff like the above and the occasional “Whaaaa?” – like these things scribbled onto my cup –

we thought maybe this one was supposed to be "Jamie" - but when the barista confronted the cashier, he said "I really didn't know what her name was" - LOL!

we thought maybe this one was supposed to be “Jamie” – but when the barista confronted the cashier, he said “I really didn’t know what her name was” – LOL!

Apparently the Irish way to spell "Phoebe" - which almost makes sense, having seen Irish spellings...

Apparently the Irish way to spell “Phoebe” – which almost makes sense, having seen Irish spellings…

Can’t get enough? There’s a Round 2 of name fails! Check it out!

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14 Responses to “#Starbucks Name Fail – Round 1”

  1. Nancy Spivey November 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    People who are readers generally get these things better than those who are not. My last name is a huge problem with pronunciation – I get Speevey, Spivvy…. They don’t know that ‘ey’ means a long vowel.

    Spelling is a lost art, I’m afraid, and this is just one sign of it.

    I think next time I go to Starbucks, I will definitely be Phoebe, though. It will be fun.

  2. Jody November 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Maybe I will have more luck as a Phoebe than as Jody. I get Jodi, Jodie, Judi, Judie, Judy, and Julie far more often than my actual name. Then there is the problem of the hyphenated last name. Gray-Linden. I have to spell both names, which puzzles me. They are, after all common English words. Regularly spelled even! I often have to say, “Yes like the color” or, “No, like the tree”. Then I explain that there is a hyphen, and wait for several seconds while they stare blankly trying to remember what that all means.

    • alysinunderland November 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      To be fair though, Grey can be spelt Gray or Grey so…

  3. Jennifer November 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    My name is Jennifer–people rarely get it wrong; although, some are uncertain as to which letter to double. I used to just give random names because Jennifer or Jeniffer is too dang popular. Evidently, Penelope is a really hard name to spell too.

  4. jlblair1978 November 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    We tried to play the name game, but they didn’t even attempt. My friend said Carrie and I said I was Phoebe. What we got were 2 cups that said “Carey” … She said “I wasn’t sure how to spell Phoebe so I just put Carey on them both since you were both here”… FAIL!!

  5. Alzbeta November 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Shall I see what they do with Alzbeta?

    But, really, I’m almost tempted to go to Starbucks just to tell them my name is Phoebe. hmmm… maybe after payday :).

    • phoebz4 November 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      I’d love to see what they’d do with Alzbeta!

  6. Krista - Can't Survive On Yarn Alone November 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    My name gets messed up too. One day around Halloween I was really tempted to just say “Zuul” and see if they got the joke.

  7. Wendee November 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Unless I’m asked how to spell by name, it never gets spelled correctly. It’s Wendee but my mom just had to be unique and choose a completely different spelling which i love but forget anyone ever getting it right. People that i’ve worked with for the last 5 years still send me emails that start out with Wendy…wth. I want to join in on this so next time i go to Starbucks i’m saying my name is Phoebe to see what happens.

    • phoebz4 November 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Watch, you’ll get one of the “Phebee” ones, lol!

  8. gingeralicia88 November 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    They never spell my name correctly at Starbucks either, but then I live in the Netherlands and have an English name, which makes it a bit more forgiveable. I don’t really go that often though, it’s sooo expensive here!

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