(Closed) Co-worker makes fun of my name

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 11
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

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 acrossLaughing

Post # 12
9953 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Next time she calls you that don’t respond to her haha

Post # 14
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

“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
195 posts
Blushing bee

is this woman five years old???  I would ignore her until she says it correctly.

Post # 16
1281 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sunfire:  This is the perfect approach IMO. 

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