Members of a popular internet forum were filled with pride after a former student recounted a case of compensation at the expense of a flippant college teacher.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/pettyrevenge, Redditor u/Gunn_Show (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said his name was often mispronounced at school, but revealed how he was able to knock the situation on a guilty teacher, immediately stop the disrespect in its tracks.
Titled “I called my teacher by his schoolyard nickname…in front of the class,” the post received nearly 12,000 upvotes on the last day.
“My name contains a silent letter,” OP began. “I had this teacher who tirelessly not only kept saying it, but also announced it.”
Continuing to explain that they tried to correct the teacher – again and again – the original poster said their efforts were largely in vain and that no matter how many times they tried, the mispronunciation continued.
That is, until they fought back, using the teacher’s “really weird” name against her.
“One day I finally cracked,” OP wrote. “She called roll and said the wrong pronunciation of my name.
“I said, ‘Yes, Mrs. Icky Booger,'” OP continued. “His jaw dropped…[and] she said, ‘That’s not my name!’… I clearly said, ‘And that’s not my name.’
“She pronounced it correctly from there,” OP added.
A person’s name is more than just a distinctive label.
Names are a crucial part of a person’s identity and help maintain deep personal, cultural, family and historical connections, according to the University of British Columbia.
And while many people living in the United States with traditional English names rarely have to worry about mispronunciation, part of the country’s population is called by the incorrect name day after day.
Mispronounced names often have different effects on different people.
In 2016, researchers from Stanford University and the University of Toronto found that nearly 50% of black and Asian job applicants changed their names on their resumes to remove racial ambiguity, hoping to improve their skills. chances of getting a job in the desired companies.
And in 2019, Rita Kohli, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, claimed that repeatedly mispronouncing a student’s name can cause multiple problems, affecting their ability to learn effectively alongside classmates. whites.
“We found a lot of people felt awkward – ashamed of their name, wanting to back off from raising their hands in class and sitting on the edge of their seat during roll call so they could say their name before… someone else ‘other ruins everything,’” Kohli said, in an interview with NPR.
“There was a lot of anxiety and fear that went with that,” Kohli added.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, many Redditors detailed their own experiences with mispronounced names and unwanted nicknames, while praising the original poster for going out of his way. make sure their old teacher never mispronounces his name again.
“I had a shop teacher who didn’t pronounce my last name correctly,” Redditor u/MasterBeanCounter commented. “I corrected it several times [and] gave him a list of words that rhymed with my last name.
“He still couldn’t be bothered to pronounce it correctly,” they added. “So I called him by his much hated childhood nickname…I got suspended from school and he still hasn’t quite caught my name. Ever.”
“One of my a**hole ‘friends’ managed to tell my old boss about a name I used to get teased with at school,” Redditor u/ErikMalik said. “I hated it. [But] of course, this boss…started using it all the time.”
In the post’s lead comment, which received more than 3,000 upvotes, Redditor u/Fickle-Square199 lamented authority figures who refuse to correct their actions, until the tension boils over.
“I hate when people can’t just fix their problem when politely corrected,” they commented. “I would rather be nice, but they force a person to take the low road.”
“Good for you,” Redditor u/smudgesbudges kicked off, speaking to OP. “If she can pronounce her own name, she can pronounce yours as well.”
Newsweek contacted u/Gunn_Show for comment.
#students #story #nickname #revenge #stubborn #teacher #thrills #internet