The Man With No Name.

Overheard in the hallway:

“That man think his name said (student pronounced the name ‘Sean’ properly, like ‘Shawn’).  He don’t even know him own name, S-E-A-N, that ain’t said like that, it said (student pronounced the word ‘scene’).  How you ain’t even gonna know your own name?”



5 thoughts on “The Man With No Name.

  1. Sometimes kids don’t get it that some words- including proper names- are not pronounced as they are spelled. My son’s name is Stephan (the German spelling) but is pronounced “Steven.” That minor spelling/pronunciation difference has confused several of his friends. I bet the kids really butcher non-Anglo ethnic names that are notoriously hard for Midwestern WASPs (like me) to pronounce. When I was growing up all the kids had names like “Susie” or “Tom” or “Jim.” Admittedly, I grew up in the middle of nowhere and I admit I have difficulty with funky names. But Sean (pronounced “Shawn”) is a common Anglo name…:)

      • I agree with you. When I was in elementary I met a boy named Sean. I was suprised when I put his name in my phone. But my name is worse, so I simply accepted it.

  2. What grade level are these students? “He don’t know him own name.” Really! Who speaks like that? I work w/several elementary and high schools covering all SES statuses. I’ve never encountered a person w/such broken english.

  3. Hahaha, this reminds me of a computer program we had back when I was in elementary school. It was the early to mid 90s, and my class was learning how to type on one of those old school Apple computers. There was this program that would read back what you just typed. I have a brother named Sean, and this program always pronounced it “See-Ann.”

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