The "I'm waiting for Brian H to tell me I'm spelling my name wrong" thread

The "I'm waiting for Brian H to tell me I'm spelling my name wrong" thread

...and other random nonsense to pass the time while we wait for our Model S's.


Alex K | 2012年9月15日

Maybe this thread should be in the General Discussion section?

bfranks273 | 2012年9月15日

I like yours better. Put up a poll.

BryanW | 2012年9月15日

ha ha!

First post is a good old fashioned critical one and it's not even from Brian H!

@Alex, perhaps, but I'm not waiting for a "general", I'm waiting for a "Model S", as are many here on the Forum. Thus we pass the time, waiting for a Model S, beating each other up over nonsense...

@bfranks273, thanks! I like it, but perhaps I'm biased. It does seem to me that the number of Bry(i)an's who post on Tesla forums seems disproportionally high compared to the general population.

Jason S | 2012年9月15日

True story: I had a college english tell me I spelled my name wrong and told me exactly why it was spelled wrong.

I had no idea what to say, but upon reflection I should've flagged him as batsh*t insane and left the class.

jerry3 | 2012年9月15日


I had the same experience, only it was in grade school.

nickjhowe | 2012年9月15日

No problems with spelling, but you'd have thought that pronunciation of four letters wouldn't be a problem. For my surname I've had "ho", "hova", and "howie". (it is "How" BTW.)

Oh, and I've had several people over the years say (for no apparent - yet somehow common - reason) that my first name should be Christopher rather than Nicholas. Bizarre.


Waiting, waiting, waiting...

brianman | 2012年9月16日

I'll field this one.

BryanW, you spell it wrong. ;)

Brian H | 2012年9月16日

My brother once gave me a Chinese signature cylinder. Names are pretty much phonetic "puns" in Chinese, it seems. For our last name, Hall, the closest-sounding Chinese word is "Ho", so that's what's on the cylinder. No idea of its meaning(s).

STxTesla | 2012年9月16日

My first grade teacher told me that my nickname was spelled wrong.
I always spelled it Ricky....she insisted that it was RIckey.
I was known as Richard from the second grade on.

BryanW | 2012年9月16日

Or my parents did... ;) They said they just liked it better with a 'y'.

Growing up, it seemed all of the Brian's were with an 'i' and all of the Ryan's were with a 'y'. I've since met quite a few other Bryan's with a 'y', but I can't think of any Rian's with an 'i'...

I also have a cousin named Jayson.

I guess our family has an affinity toward 'y'.

@Brian H, thanks for joining, it would have felt incomplete without you. I'm of Japanese descent and it is always funny to see our western names translated into an Asian construct.

Brian H | 2012年9月16日

I rather doubt there is such a thing as a "correct" spelling of a name (especially a given name). Judging from e.g. the names of many well-known black athletes, that sub-culture seems to deliberately choose off-beat and phonetic variants of standard names, to emphasize individuality, etc. Perfectly fine; a name is a personal label, and there's no particular limit to labelling.

Brian H | 2012年9月16日

E.g.: if I saw someone with the first name "Briyan" I would think, "Interesting!", not "Wrong!".

BryanW | 2012年9月16日

While not 'spelled' wrong, I did have a young and naive patient once tell me that she wanted to name her daughter 'Chlamydia' because it sounds so pretty. We had a little talk, and she picked something else.

Brian H | 2012年9月16日

Yikes! Always consult a dictionary before "adopting" a real word as a personal label ...

Docrob | 2012年9月16日

I can trump that we had a patient whose choice of names was rejected by the office of births deaths and marriages, they wanted to name her Bus stop #19, stupidly I asked her why...that's where she was conceived of course.

jbunn | 2012年9月16日

I rather like Chlamydia as a girls name. No better honor for a doctor to have a disease named after him. Why not the reverse?

MandL | 2012年9月17日

Used to work with a woman named Phyllistine. It always made my smile a bit when I saw her lunch bag in the fridge.