I have a sister-in-law, "Mary." We have known each other for years. Mary lives in California, but she often sends us email, and each time she does she always misspells my name as "Ritha." (My name is Rita!) I have tried pointing this out, but she continues to do it. How can I make it clear that my name is spelt Rita without appearing too rude?
RITA IN NY
Have you ever stopped and thought that maybe, just maybe Mary knows how to spell your name and is quite aware that this annoys the shit living out of you and does it anyway just to piss you off? Myself, I think you're being far too Anal-Retentive about it. In fact Ritha, I think you're Anal-Retentive enough to be one of those people who keeps their house spotless, won't allow in cats or dogs, makes guests take off their shoes before crossing the threshold, has plastic see-through covers on the furnature, that sort of thing. You call all your friends by their full names, ie; Thomas, Douglass or James instead of Tom, Doug or Jim... Lighten up Ritha or all this worrying over nothing and all your little OCD hysterics will give you and early stroke or heart attack, and if you die before Mary, she'll probably have "Ritha" on your headstone, and we couldn't have that now could we?
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden