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The Sad Result of Rampant Name-Spelling Illiteracy


  1. Dorian Speed says

    But you know what? I will bet my status as the second-most-famous person with my name that there was no "Dorian" on those license plate racks.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    The Wife had to go to Ireland to get a coffee cup with "Deirdre" spelt correctly on it.

  3. Likewise Cecilia, Cecelia, Caecilia (personal fave) also has its gamut.


  4. Rufus McCain says

    "Misspelling names in the afternoon with Caecilia up in my bedroom…"

  5. Rufus McCain says

    My wife (Ashley) had the same complaint as a child. Now there's an Ashley under every pile of Ash leaves, not to mention Ashleigh, Ashlee, and Ashli.

  6. Dorian Speed says

    Perhaps because I was taught pagan Classical Latin pronunciation before ecclesiastical, I hear "kye-keel-ia" in my head with the last one. And yet I do like that spelling.

    Deirdre is a lovely name. The only other Deirdre I know (I realize I haven't actually met your Deirdre) is Deirdre Saravia, who hosts a World Music program on San Antonio's public radio station. She has an awesome accent. She pronounces her name "Deer-druh" except…awesome.

  7. Dorian Speed says

    No, wait, she says it "Deer-dree."

    It was important that I clarify that.

  8. Matthew Lickona says

    Well, mine's a "Dear-druh." Yah, it's a good 'un.

  9. Dorian,

    I'm with you on the classical vs. ecclesiastic – except for the "v" – I just can't see Caeser (Kye-sar) sounding like Elmer Fudd with a laurel on his head:

    Vini, vidi, vici

    Winny, widdy, wikky…


    Josephus Briensis

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