I’ve mentioned before that some people in Mexico City seem to have trouble pronouncing my name. This is most noticeable to me when I’m getting a coffee in Starbucks. They ask my name, write it on the cup, and then I get to see what they think I said.
After the first few mis-hearings of my name, I decided that I would play my own silly game. When the server asks for my name, I reply—in a normal, clear voice—Craig. If they repeat a name back to me as a question, checking that they had heard correctly, whatever they say to me, I reply that yes, that’s my name.
So far, as well as the occasional Craig, I’ve been called—in alphabetical order—Creak, Crek, Drake, Erick, Fred, Grake, Gray, Greak, Greg, Grek, Grey, Joel, Kreg, Rag, Trey, and Troy.
A couple of days ago, though, this is what I found written on the side of my cup. Any ideas?