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?
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.
This was another try – you can see how they went for a second “P” but then tried to save it – but were still wrong.
That whole “oe” part is a killer. Why is there a silent O anyway? We might as well just eliminate it, as seen here –
And then we had this whole “bee” trend, which I don’t know if I’ve seen before…
Then there were those who just decided an “F” sound must always begin with an “F”…and all went horribly wrong after that…
There were a couple of Starbucks that got it right though –
And then there’s Spencer’s Coffee in Bowling Green, Kentucky – not only did they get it right, they made it pretty
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 –
Can’t get enough? There’s a Round 2 of name fails! Check it out!