Members of a popular internet forum were filled with pride after a former student recounted a case of compensation at the expense of a careless middle school teacher.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/pettyrevenge, Redditor u/Gunn_Show (aka Original Poster or OP) said her name was frequently mispronounced at school, but revealed how they were able to turning the tables on a guilty teacher. immediately stop the disrespect in their tracks.
The post, titled “I called my teacher by her schoolyard nickname…in front of class,” received almost 12,000 upvotes in the last day.
“My name has a silent letter,” OP began. “I had this teacher who was relentless in not only saying it over and over again, but over-pronouncing it.”
The original poster went on to explain that they kept trying to correct the teacher, saying that their efforts were mostly in vain and that no matter how many times they tried, the mispronunciation persisted.
That is, until they fought back and used the teacher’s “really weird” name against her.
“One day I just went nuts,” OP wrote. “She called and said the wrong pronunciation of my name.
“I replied, ‘Yes, Mrs. Icky Booger,'” OP continued. “Her jaw dropped…[and] she said, “That’s not my name!”… I said clearly, “And that’s not my name.”
“She pronounced it correctly from then on,” OP added.
A person’s name is much more than just an identifier.
According to the University of British Columbia, names are a crucial part of a person’s identity and help maintain deep, personal, cultural, familial, and historical connections.
And while many living in the US with traditional English names rarely have to worry about any sort of mispronunciation, a portion of the country’s population is being addressed by the wrong name every day.
Mispronounced names often have different effects on different people.
In 2016, researchers from Stanford University and the University of Toronto found that nearly 50 percent of Black and Asian job applicants changed their names on resumes to eliminate any racial ambiguity in hopes of increasing their chances of getting employment with the companies they wanted to enhance.
And in 2019, Rita Kohli, an associate professor at the University of California Riverside, claimed that repeatedly mispronouncing a student’s name can create several problems that affect their ability to study effectively alongside white classmates.
“We’ve found a lot of people feel embarrassed — they’re ashamed of their names, want to retreat from raising their hands in class, and sit on the edge of their seat during roll call so they can say their name in front of … someone else.” being able to say messes it up,” Kohli said in an interview with NPR.
“There was a lot of fear and anxiety associated with that,” Kohli added.
In the comments section of the viral Reddit post, many Redditors shared their own experiences with mispronounced names and unwanted nicknames, while praising the original poster for pulling out all the stops to ensure their former teacher would never mispronounce their name again.
“I had a store teacher who didn’t pronounce my last name correctly,” commented Redditor u/MasterBeanCounter. “I corrected him a couple of times [and] made him a list of words that rhymed with my last name.
“He still couldn’t be bothered to pronounce it correctly,” they added. “So I called him by his much-hated childhood nickname … I got suspended from school and he still didn’t get my name right.
“Some damn ‘friend’ of mine managed to tell my ex-boss about a name I used to be teased about at school,” interjected Redditor &/Erik Malik. “I fucking hated it. [But] of course this boss started using it all the time.”
In the top comment on the post, which has garnered more than 3,000 upvotes, Redditor u/Fickle-Square199 complained about authority figures refusing to correct their actions — until the tension boils over.
“I hate it when people can’t easily solve their problem if corrected politely,” they commented. “I’d rather be nice, but they force a person to take the low path.”
“Good for you,” Redditor interjected u/smudgesbudges, turning to OP. “If she can pronounce her own name, she can pronounce yours correctly.”
news week asked u/Gunn_Show for a comment.
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