When to publicly correct someone from butchering your name at work
It’s pronounced tie-gen, not tee-gen.
Chrissy Teigen joked about correcting people when they get important things wrong, like how to say her own last name.
The “Lip Sync Battle” star and cookbook author took to Twitter in a comical rant over the weekend about how she gave up “a long time ago” when it comes to correcting people who screw up her name, among other things.
“Last name is tie-gen not tee-gen,” she revealed, latter adding in a separate tweet: “I don’t correct people, ever. They can call me Janet and I won’t. Wrong order? I’ll eat it. Taxi going to the wrong airport? I’ll change my flight,” she wrote.
For fans who were still unclear, the mom of two also shared a video of herself pronouncing the name correctly.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018
Teigen isn’t the only celebrity whose name we keep getting wrong. Ariana Grande also said fans have been saying her last name wrong for her entire career.
“My grandparents said [Grandee]. My brother [Frankie Grande] kind of changed it to [Grawnday] because [Grandee] was kind of like the Americanized version of it,” she explained. “I grew up saying [Grandee],” she said in an August interview with Apple’s Beats 1.
While Teigen and Grande have finally set the record straight, career experts say it’s important to speak up the minute someone misspells or mispronounces your name, or risk being called said name repeatedly at work.
“Nip it in the bud. It’s better not to let it go the first time,” New York City-based etiquette expert Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick told Moneyish. “I’m frequently called Fitzgerald instead of Fitzpatrick, I say ‘I love that name, but it’s not mine.’”
If you have a name that’s hard to pronounce, Napier-Fitzpatrick suggests linking it to something that sounds similar (like if your last name is Settembre, sound it out like Set-tem-bray, and suggest that it sounds like the month “September”) to help people remember it better.
“People don’t like to correct people because it’s negative,” Napier-Fitzpatrick said. “But in business they need to say your right name. Your boss will keep introducing you wrong if you don’t tell him or her otherwise.”
While the world may know Chrissy Teigen as Chrissy “Tee-gen,” Napier Fitzpatrick says we should make an effort to start calling her by her real name. “It shows the person you care. When you remember someone’s name, it shows you care enough to remember it.”
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