#Starbucks Name Fail – Round 1

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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