A voicemail came in over the weekend to the Secular Student Alliance (an organization I chair).
It was a sweet gesture. A loving one, really. I mean, the man says “God bless you” toward the end…
Have a listen (wav).
Here’s what bothers me.
How on Earth can this guy butcher my name that badly?! There’s no “R” in my first name. Both my first and last names are phonetically pronounced (Heh’-mint Meh’-tuh). I understand slight variations. I even get that some people think, because I’m Indian, it must be more difficult than it looks.
But he added a new syllable in my last name.