Post # 1
so this has been going on since after I got engaged. She has never done it before, so I had to link it to my engagement…
My name is Leticia and everyone can ‘more or less” say ti correctly and so could this woman. But lately EVERY SINGLE TIME she sees me she screams : LEPIZZA! That is how she calls me now! I am really uncomfortable and I don’t know how to respond…
The first time I think I laughed now I don’t anymore and I think it is just rude but I really don’t know how to approach her. She called me that even in front of our boss.
My Fiance has said that I should make fun of her name too and that maybe she will get a ‘hint” that i don’t like it but I just can’t.
I thought about saying: “Please don’t call me that” but I feel ackward…
What should I do? This is making me really uncomfortable and by the way she is 50!
Post # 3
Honestly, I would just say “please stop calling me that!”
She probably just thinks it’s funny but you need to let her know it bothers you!
Post # 4
If it makes you feel really uncomfortable, have a serious conversation with her and tell her you don’t like to be called that. She’s obviously just kidding around, but if it really bothers you, you need to say something!
Post # 5
How old are you? Just tell her. Seriously nothing to feel awkard about. Maybe she thinks you think its funny. Just ask her to stop.
Post # 6
I would tell her. She probably thinks it’s funny and you don’t. It won’t stop unless you say something. Or, do you have someone you are friends with in the office that you could ask to say something indirect like “Why do you call her that? It’s Leticia not Lepizza” next time she does it. That way you aren’t doing it but the message gets across.
Post # 7
Could you try acting like she made an innocent mistake, and correcting her? Just say, “Actually, it’s LE-TI-SHA.” (changed the spelling to emphasize pronunciation–I hope I didn’t butcher that) If she continues after that, flat-out tell her to knock it off.
Post # 8
@foreignbride: She probably has no clue you’re annoyed. Its one of those things that was once funny and now she’s said it so many times that it’s just… not. I would start out by just correcting her. Everytime she says Lepizza… just say “my name is Leticia”. If she doesn’t get the hint – I’d just flat out say ‘Please stop calling me that.” You have to tell her somehow – you’re not being fair to yourself for hiding what you really feel. 🙂
Post # 9
Well, I wouldn’t follow your FI’s advice. I don’t think the tit-for-tat approach will work here.
I’d just wait for a good opportunity to let her know it bothers you. Try to keep it light-hearted so avoid any awkwardness.
Post # 10
@strawbabies: I like that idea.
Post # 11
I agree with @strawbabies, next time she does it just say that’s incorrect and say it really slow for her…preferrably in front of other coworkers to embarass her and get your point across
Post # 12
@foreignbride: I had this happen to me once! Several years ago, at another office, one of the people there insisted on always calling me by the wrong name, a wrong pronunciation of it.
I politely corrected her. She kept doing it anyway.
I straightforwardly asked her to stop doing it. She kept doing it anyway.
I made up a similarly ridiculous name for HER, based on her name (which was funny as hell, way better than the one she called me) and called her that to her face any time I saw her.
She quit doing it to me shortly thereafter.
Post # 13
Next time she calls you that don’t respond to her haha
Post # 14
“I’m not sure why you’re saying my name like that…it’s Leticia.”
My name rhymes with a bodily function, and even though i’m 26 people still think it’s funny to say it. I do my best to make sure they know I understood the reference, but I don’t think it’s funny and I don’t want to be referred by that.
Post # 15
is this woman five years old??? I would ignore her until she says it correctly.
Post # 16
@Sunfire: This is the perfect approach IMO.