Spelling, a common sense story

This post is based on fact, but any names and addresses have been changed to protect the innocent (and stupid).

We have all experienced the problem of having our names misspelt or misheard.
In fact, one of the reasons a double glazing company had their quote refused wasn’t because of their price, but because they’d spelt our name wrong.
How pathetic, I hear you say. This happens and it’s no big deal.
I couldn’t agree more, but the fact was we had written the same letter to 6 companies, signing off with our surname in CAPITAL LETTERS, so to us, there was really no excuse. Also, it was more than a case of getting a couple of letters round the wrong way, it was an entirely different surname that just happened to share the first and last letters of ours.

It all started in our first house I suppose, an address of some ‘nobility’ as all roads in that area were named King, Queen, Princess, Lord, Prince, Earl, Marquis, Duke etc something or other.
Our mail was addressed accordingly, and one letter therein started:
‘Dear Marquis of Walk……………’
They didn’t get our business either.

Hubby thus instilled into me the phonetic alphabet, testing me at odd hours and in unusual situations until it came as second nature, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
p alphabetSo these days, when quoting my name, address, post code or car registration number, all letters are said the Phonetic way to avoid any errors or confusion.

That was until we received a letter addressed to a Mr and Mrs Charlie Hotelalpha


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Spelling, a common sense story

  1. colinandray says:

    Totally agree with everything. If they cannot get my name right (=careless), how will do their job (probably carelessly). If they are too familiar with me at first meeting =no work because they clearly have no discretion. If they offer a reduced price by “creative thinking” (at the expense of the tax man) = no work. This is often a controversial one but my position is simple. If a contractor is prepared to be dishonest with the tax man, then how do I know that those same ethics (lack of) will not also be applied to me?

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