Monday, December 05, 2005

Warning: Strange Ear Infection Spreading Across U.S.

For the past year there has been an epidemic for which there seems to be no cure. It has infected the ears of numerous people all over this country. The infection though appears to only act up when they hear the name “Brad.” I say Brad, but they always hear Brian, always. When I answer the phone at work, order takeout, or make my research calls my name enters the receiver as Brad with a hard “d.” 10 out of 10 times they still hear Brian rather than Brad. I’ve even gone to exaggerating the “d,” but nothing works. Is Brad that odd of a name? Is the infection just making there ears lazy so they assume Brian. There are two sounds that separate Brian from Brad: “i” and “n.” I pride myself on my professional phone voice for work. It’s top notch. This leads me to believe that it is in fact a virus. That can be the only explanation. When my family members begin to show the same signs of the infection I will have my proof that it is not my speaking but their hearing. I am Brad not Brian dammit!

5 comments:

faith said...

I am often called Beth (for the TH) or Hope (for the virtue) and very often have people ask me "did you say 'fate'?"

I have a strange accent...not just Canadian, but my father also has a Mennonite Accent (kind of a dutch/german hybred) so I have adopted some of his wording including having a hard time pronouncing 'th'...most people don't get it right, because I don't really say it correctly. HA

At least they get the Br part in your name. It drives me nuts when people call me 'Hope' ...it's a pretty name, but it's not mine! :)

Keymaster said...

Apparently when I say "Sara" people hear it as "Beth". There are NONE of the same letters it the two names! I don't get it. I also pride myself on my phone voice. Although I live in Texas I do not have a twang so I don't get it. I'm with you - there is some crazy virus infecting the masses.

Keymaster said...

Apparently when I say "Sara" people hear it as "Beth". There are NONE of the same letters it the two names! I don't get it. I also pride myself on my phone voice. Although I live in Texas I do not have a twang so I don't get it. I'm with you - there is some crazy virus infecting the masses.

Bradford said...

I can understand the Brad/Brian mix-up, and even the Faith/Beth/Hope mix-up (kind of). But the Sara/Beth mix-up makes no sense. I'm tempted to start going by Bradford to correct this except that it comes across as a self important and snobbish. I'd rather people find that out about me later on.

MOL Junior said...

i get "rami" all the time.