Years ago I received a polite email at work that read, in part, "Please do not refer to me as Chris, my name is Christopher and I do not acknowledge nicknames". The last part may have read 'accept' or perhaps it was 'allow' but you all get the gist. There was also something in the email about 'assigned to me'. Anyways, he had a hangup on his name.
But it gets funny. Christopher wasn't even his given name. It was his father's name. And I laughed to myself because he often referred to me as 'Mikey'. Perhaps it was his way of making me notice? I never paid attention to if he stopped calling me Mikey after the email.
My FSJ friends who hang with me and camp with me know I don't care. Maybe it's just old age. When folks ask "Is it Mike or Michael" I tell them I don't care what they call me, just don't call me late for dinner.
However, at work back in the 90's we had a young lady from India. Her name was very hard to pronounce correctly. I worked very hard to get her pronunciation correct. This made her happy.
More recently a young man from China was unfortunate enough to get a cube assigned to him on his first day of work that was just outside of my office. He didn't work for me. He was a fresh out from college, an engineer and this was his first corporate gig. After about a week or so I noticed everyone called him 'Schwinn' like the bicycle or 'shoon'. I thought it was odd that his name sounded like a bicycle but it turns out his name was pronounced more like 'Choon'. Although with less oo. Anyways, I took it upon myself to learn to pronounce his name correctly and after about a month or so I had most of the office pronouncing it correctly as well.
Jon-Erik, I wouldn't worry about it. You're probably going to move on to another job eventually and start the process all over again.
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