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06 February 2007 @ 04:23 pm
busy morning  
We went into town this morning so I could be interviewed. That was quite a bit of fun, and the fellow whose production it is seemed pleased, and it'll be neat to see the final product.

However. There are at least 34590870 little girls named Catie in this country. I know: I've heard their names being called out. Why is it that Irish adults hear my name is Catie and immediately start calling me Cathy? Mostly if they read it they say Cat-ee, if they hear it they say Cathy. Whyyyy? It's maddening. I am not especially keen on being called Cate, but I've learned to introduce myself as Cate because I *hate* being called Cathy. And in Ireland "Kit" is a boy's name, so probably that would bewilder them even more. Sigh. Anyway, as you might have guessed by now, everyone today called me Cathy (except, I think, the Canadian guy, but I'm not sure he called me by name at all). Nrgh. But overlooking the fact that nobody got my name right, it was a lot of fun. :)

After dat Ted and I went out for lunch, where I had really excellent pasta, cooked just perfectly, and Ted had a spicy something or other that wasn't really spicy but was quite tasty anyway. Ted then went forth to get his provisional lisence, which he now has, and I went forth to ask the people at the fair trade shop (yes, the one on French Church Street) if they'd like me to come in and volunteer. They, in fact, asked what day I could come in, and were it not for the fact that the woman in charge eventually wanted my phone number, I'm not sure they'd have ever so much as asked my name. :) So I'm going in next Wednesday morning. Hopefully that will work out in a reasonably fun way.

Oh. I thought I'd posted this. Apparently I hadn't. o.o

miles to Dunharrow: 104
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on February 6th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for volunteering! Yay for pasta! Boo for 'Cathy'!

I'm not going to stand up for the Irish and their pronunciation of names. I recently got a parcel addressed to Mail Corcan. (See username for obvious differences.) I don't see what the problem with Catie is either.

And Kit is a car's name, isn't it?

[ducks thrown fair trade pasta]
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
No, that's Kitt. :)
(no subject) - mylescorcoran on February 6th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
wednesday childewedschilde on February 6th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
nah, introduce yourself as Kit. i'm reece. they take much more to girl being named boy's name than slaughtering a name ::::grins:::

of course i keep hearing timmy everytime my friend tammy speaks :D
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe I will, 'cause ye gods.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 6th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)

Hmm, that's not what I thought it was, either.

I suspect that the problem is that it's neither of the common pronunciations. There's the Katie (long a) pronunciation, and then there's the Kathy (short a) pronunciation. People are hearing the short 'a', and flipping to the second version.

(Of course, there's the word 'catty', but since that's an obvious insult, that couldn't possibly be your name, so nobody would be rude enough to use it. It's hard enough when some large American guy wants to be called Horny, or Randy, or whatever.)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 6th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
neither of the common pronunciations for values of common on this side of the big pond, that is.
(no subject) - mizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bellinghman on February 6th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mizkit on February 6th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - bellinghman on February 7th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - bellinghman on February 6th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
madmiss on February 6th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
The Irish are only good at pronouncing obscure and strange names like Sadhbh, or Síóbhan, or Fiachra.

On occasion I've been called Michael rather than Michelle so I settled for Shelly.

Sure now you decide to go and work close by...
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
How *does* one pronounce Fiachra?

And, um, well. I didn't deliberately go find work close by just because you were leaving!
(no subject) - slovobooks on February 6th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Janne: stilltheprettiest (6beforelunch)janne on February 6th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think 'Catherine' has a nice stately ring to it!
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Catherine is a nice stately name. You may have noticed I'm not an especially stately person, though.
Lauraskeagsidhe on February 6th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Do most of them see your name first? If so, I bet it's a spelling issue, since the name has "Cat" in it, and we all know how to say THAT. I'd be willing to bet that the vast majority of those girls with your name spell it with a K.
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
That's the thing. If they see it they say Cat with a short A, but if I *say* it they say Cathy. I can understand the visual thing but I'm bewildered by the audio thing.
(no subject) - skeagsidhe on February 6th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
dsgood on February 6th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've given my formal first name over the phone in the US (and to one Canadian tourist organization), and then gotten mail addressed to Ms. Danielle Goodman.
ramurphy on February 6th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Personally, speaking as if I were your mother or something, I think you should just become Cate, which is a lovely name altogether, and comprehensible. Or, alternately, you could become Katy, which will readily be pronounced just as it looks.

I think the Catie/Cathy thing comes from the fact that many Irish do not pronounce 'th'. They say the 't' and the 'h' disappears entirely. (Three-thirty becomes tree-tirty, or more likely, half-tree).

We met an Irish woman named Catherina. She pronounces her name as if it were spelled Katrina.

I've never been overfond of being called 'Rose', meself. However, for some reason when I say my name is 'Rosie' I end up being called Ruthie. If I say I'm Rose or Rose Anne, there is no problem at all, at all.

kitmizkit on February 6th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, but I don't *like* being called Cate. It's better than Cathy, but it's not good. I'd rather be Kit.

Which they'd probably say Cate. It's still better than Cathy.
xnamkradxnamkrad on February 6th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re Interview - he was in touch and said that the interview went well, and he is very pleased. I knew you'd be a good choice.
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on February 6th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
And in Ireland "Kit" is a boy's name

What? Did I miss a memo? I've never met a man called Kit in this country in my very nearly half century of life...
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 7th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
My Godfather was called Kit. (At least by his wife, who is a Kate. Kit & Kate. Hmm. Yes, Christopher and Catherine.) But he was Hungarian, not Irish, so that's not much of a counter example.
(no subject) - mizkit on February 7th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
soapturtlesoapturtle on February 6th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Audiobook update
Ok, I finished up the second of the "Study" books today and at the end, they had a nice little announcement about "if you liked this book" check out audbile for the first one of the series, as well as.... Urban Shaman and Thunderbird Falls.

Looks like Harlequin is all about the psychology of voice. ;)