They Kept Accidentally Mispronouncing Her Name So She Flipped In Front of Everyone in the Office

A new employee had been hired at the workplace of an individual, and their name was somewhat unconventional. The individual knew how to pronounce it correctly, yet this understanding was soon to be the source of a workplace drama. 

An Unusual Name

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The new employee had introduced herself as Fleur. She had expressed to the individual that it was pronounced in the English way because they were residing in an English-speaking country. 

The Individual’s Background

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However, the individual was not a Native speaker. ‘Fleur’ was actually a name native to their home country, so they began to pronounce it “the correct way”. 

Trying to Fit in

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However, the individual was soon told that this was causing Fleur distress, and she begged them to pronounce it how she wanted it. “I am making an effort to pronounce it the local way but I am still making the occasional mistake”, the individual explained. 

Fleur Takes it Personally

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However, the individual explained that their mistakes continued to be taken with offense. “She is taking it personally, as though I am mocking her”, they continued. 

The Nickname Dilemma

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Seeking to avoid further irritation, the individual contemplated giving Fleur a nickname. However, fears of provoking more annoyance prevented them from doing so, as the new employee was clearly protective over their “English” name.

Stressful Work Environment

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The individual’s workplace environment was adding further challenges to the situation. The hectic nature of the workplace meant that the individual often took shortcuts, and this was contributing to the mispronunciations. 

Causing Disturbances 

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Whilst the mispronunciations were rooted in the individual’s accent and the hectic workplace as opposed to intentional malice, they recognized that they were making Fleur’s life difficult. This made it harder for her to work efficiently, so the individual realized that they could both face disciplinary action if the mispronunciations prevented them from hitting KPIs. 

Their Colleagues’ Reactions 

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However, the individual explained that their other colleagues were also becoming frustrated with Fleur. “She will cause a scene, shouting loudly ‘IT’S FLUR NOT FLEUR, how is it so hard!?’, they explained. “My colleagues just roll their eyes and we all keep working.”

Reflecting on the Situation

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Despite feeling that they were trying hard to improve, it was clear to the individual that their mispronunciations were causing Fleur stress. However, they remained adamant in their belief that their ‘mispronunciation’ was in fact the correct pronunciation, and in reality, Fleur was mispronouncing her own name. 

Seeking Validation 

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In an attempt to validate their attitude, the individual headed online and told their story on their favorite social media platform, opening up the comments section for public scrutiny. However, their post was not initially met with sympathy. “You’re in the wrong”, stated one reader. “It’s her name – the way she pronounces her name is the right way to pronounce her name.”

Use Her Name

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Some people agreed with this sentiment. “Please call people by the name they wish you to use”, another person demanded. “It’s not that hard.”

An Explanation

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However, one reader came to the individual’s defense. “Language is something deeply embedded within our nervous system, it’s something you do without thinking”, they explained. “Not everyone has English as their first language. Fleur should respect that, and shouldn’t assume that people are pronouncing her name differently because they’re making fun of her.”

The Tables Turned 

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To the individual’s surprise, this comment marked the beginning of a change of tone in the comments section. “Y’all need to calm down”, another commenter defended. “I live in South America and absolutely no one pronounces my name correctly, and it sounds horrible in the Spanish language. However, accents exist – what can you do? Fleur needs to get over it.”

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