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November 5, 2002
My friend Matthew is particular about his name. He doesn’t like to be called Matt. I think someone with a regular name like Matthew has every right to expect a correct pronunciation without shortening, as he pleases.

But what do you do with a name like “Tung” which is pronounced “Tome”? What do you do about a name that defies established rules of pronunciation? You may expect correct pronunciation – but only if you choose to fight that battle – the battle of explaining to every substitute teacher, everyone you meet that your name isn’t what they’d expect.

That you are different.