wait, that’s not your name?

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You guessed it, we’re talking about names and getting it correct. This seems to be a boiling point with me. Back in 2013, I dedicated a whole post about spelling my name wrong, and apparently it’s time for a refresher.

I know, I know, it’s like beating a dead horse, but maybe when that faithful day when people finally get it right, I won’t have to bitch anymore, but until then I will give you a crash course. When it comes to my name, no, I don’t have much faith in people, so let’s get on with it.

My name is Kendal Ann, that’s spelled K-e-n-d-a-l with one L and an Ann.

I don’t understand why this is  such a hard concept for people to grasp. My name is not a different variation such as,  Kendall, Kendel, Kendell and my name most certainly is not Kendra. My name is Kendal Ann, and maybe Kendal if that’s how I introduced myself to you.

The issue, of my name is something that I am venting to David about on a weekly bias. Yes, it bothers me. It bothers me so much because this has been going on my entire life. News flash, I like my name. I like my name a lot. You know what, I even  love my name. I  wish people, would call me the right thing; it’s my name. Does it really take that much effort to get my or anyone else’s name right?  I go through all of the trouble (please note that is sarcastic because it’s not trouble at all) to get your name right, so do the same for me. Have some respect. If I introduce myself as Kendal Ann, I expect you to refer to me as that unless I say something else. Maybe that’s rude, but I don’t go around calling my friends who introduce themselves as Michael, Mike, unless they note otherwise.

Earlier this week, I had an email exchange with someone I don’t know about my name.  Keep in mind, I’ve been a part of this organization for seven years. I just received an award form this organization. These people know who I am. I emailed this woman blanking stating my request and adding in, “Additionally, is there anywhere in the database you can note that my preferred name is Kendal Ann, not Kendal?” This woman emails me back a few days later saying: Hi Kendal! …

So, I am sure you can see it. That is the final straw that broke the camel’ s back. I wrote back and at the very end I noted:
Additionally, please note the name preference.
-Kendal Ann
(It’s Kendal with one L and an Ann)

From here on out, this is how I will be signing my name to people who don’t get it right on the first try. Of course it made me feel bad, but I am sick of standing back ideally especially when people don’t have the common decency to spell Kendal right. Hey, bro, look at my email, my signature, the sign off. You have three opportunity to edit before hitting the send button.

David tells me, he’s never seen someone so worked up about this, but when you have a name that isn’t your basic Nicole, Emily, Sarah then what do you expect? And you know, I am beyond happy I have a unique name, I just want people to show a little respect and refer to me as my proper name. It’s really not that hard. Maybe Kendal Ann seems too formal to these folks, but formal or not it’s my name and it’s what I prefer to be called. After all, it’s not like I am asking you something totally absurd and out of the question. I am just asking you to slow down and spell my name correctly and to keep on the Ann, stop dropping it off.

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spelling

can’t we just use spell check?

you can find me at: @K_AnnM | Insta | LinkedIn

My name is Kendal Ann and I am a terrible spelling. Welp, looks like the cat’s out of the bag on that one.

The correct spelling of words is important, even in this day and age of computer spell checks. It’s much more important than many people realize. You might think correctly spelling words isn’t  that important any more, but poor spelling could actually seriously affect your prospects and career. let’s use a real life situation for an example, an employer has two candidates for a job, one resumé is full of mistakes, the other is spotless. The two candidates may have equal qualifications, but the employer will always gain a better impression from the one who has carefully checked their spelling.

When you write something, it leaves an impression on those who read it. If you make spelling errors, that impression will not be a positive one. It’s essential that work documents and college work have impeccable spelling, or you could end up losing out.

It is understandable that someone might have trouble spelling if they are dyslexic or not a native speaker of English. However, everyone else should make an effort to ensure that they spell correctly. It’s not that difficult to make sure that whatever you write is correct – running it through the spell checker takes very little time. Do you think that spelling matters, or do you feel that language needs to move with the times and adapt its spelling accordingly?

on spelling my name

k-e-n-d-a-l a-n-n

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One thing that pushes my buttons more than anything in the world is people who don’t spell my name correctly, even after I correct them. My name: Kendal Ann, is not hard, nor is it a peculiar name; in fact it’s not even crazy spelling. People who often spell my name wrong are those in close proximity of me, which makes no sense to me. If we’re constantly around each other shouldn’t you know how to spell my name?

It bugs me more than anything when people spell my name wrong, especially when my barista at Starbucks calls me a different name. My name: Kendal Ann, again is not a hard name to spell. My name is my email address, both for my personal account and my work account. If you are sending me an email shouldn’t you know how to spell my name? The correct answer is yes, but that is in a perfect world. My name is on my electronic signature, and I also sign my emails. With not one or two, but THREE opportunities to see and read my name, it floors me that people still spell my name wrong, and it is absolutely beyond me when people write Dear Kendra- that’s not even my name!

Back in college, I took two journalism classes for my major and I came out with one serious lesson: NEVER spell anyone’s name wrong. If we spelled someone’s name wrong, we would automatically get half the points deducted. The first day of class, our professor asked us: if you have ever had your name in the paper raise your hand (everyone in class raised their hand). He went on by saying: keep your hand up if your name was spelled wrong in the paper, everyone but two kids kept their hands up. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How can you be so careless to spell someone’s name wrong, especially when this is your job?

Bottom line is: Take pride in your work if you are a journalist or otherwise. If you are sending me an email and my name is spelled wrong, or you can’t even get my name right, my level of respect for you has been cut in half. Take the extra three seconds to double check; it’s not hard and it will be worth it in the end– you won’t look like a fool.