Monday, January 21, 2008

Name of the Week

I am not making this up. I am not even exaggerating. I wish I was.

A young woman comes in to triage and writes her name on the sign-in slip. Her name is "Sade".

I call her name, and I pronounce it Saw-day (with a question mark at the end, because I have no idea how she pronounces it).

She comes up and says (with a huge 'I'm a Princess' attitude), "It's pronounced Shar-day." (Insert implied 'duh, stupid white chick' here.)

I said, "But there's no 'r'!"

She replies (as she rolls her eyes), "It's silent!"

No, I didn't have a response to that. But I think my brain exploded a little bit inside my head.

31 comments:

Antigonos said...

I think it's perfectly sensible--after all, where's the "B" in "Favre"?
:-))

Runflat said...

Thats when you let her walk past you and swing the clip board hard at the back of her head... unconscious patients are so much easier... not that I would know or anything : )

JD said...

Sounds like someone needs an update the Eubonics did not catch on. . .

AtYourCervix said...

I think I've taken care of that same "Sade" aka "Shar-day".

First of all, to the chick with the name Sade - there is no H after the S. Second, as Monkey Girl stated, there is no R in the name either.

Your parents need to learn how to spell and read, obviously!

Nurse K said...

That's when I call out the last name. It's always "Smith" or something.

MonkeySister said...

Good Lord! I'm trying to teach my 5 year old to read! She is doing very well with the "silent e" thing... I am not going to start teaching her about "silent r's".

I think this Sade person's parents need more than to learn to read and write. They need to learn about birth control. Obviously someone that stupid at naming children should not be breeding...

whitecap nurse said...

She's probably named after the famous singer Sade (pronounced Sharday) so in this case her parents were following the traditional spelling.

DrShroom said...

I was gonna say that!
Slainte

(Pronounced SH-lawn-CHA)
;)
S

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Monkey girl...you are just too young, I guess. I recall, about 22 years ago, as a newborn nurse, every other baby in our nursery was named Sade, Sharday, Sarday...(the others were Princess, Queenie, Precious...) I didn't cry when Sade and her music faded into the sunset.

scalpel said...

"That's when I call out the last name. It's always "Smith" or something."

Nope. There's likely two last names with a hyphen in between.

Anonymous said...

Um, if it's a silent 'r', then you wouldn't pronounce it, right?

And Sade was pronounced Shah-day, anyway.

drytears said...

I have a girl I graduated with who got pregnant and named her baby Chevy Silverado....

MonkeyGirl said...

Oh, for crying out loud! Please tell me that Anonymous 3:44 isn't the only one who got the point of the "silent 'r'" being pronounced....

*smacks self in the forehead*

How can I universally hate the Anonymi if one of them insists on understanding my posts?

And yes, ladies, I remember Sade. I'm not that young!

911DOC said...

your brain 'exploded a little bit'? is that kind of like 'thowing up in your mouth a little bit'? had a patient the other day whose name was ynnohjlee, the semi-backwards spelling of his grandfater, johnnylee. no shit. not kidding. didn't even ask.

whitecoatrants said...

I thought you were creating some kind of hidden bitter irony.
If she was that obnoxious with me, I might have pronounced her name "sod" as in Marquis de Sade.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_de_Sade

Anonymous said...

Okay, that's hilarious.

I would have replied "Great! It's silent. So I said it correctly. Boy I love it when that happens! This way, Saw-day"

girlvet said...

Names are half the fun of this job. Among the funny ones I remember:

girl: desireable

boy: hiawatha
amen
sundance

Christine-Megan said...

I had a room mate named Shar-day. Spelled Shardae. Makes sense to me. It's Sade- with 3 extra letters!

Anonymous said...

Best female name: Uraprecisangle. Mother of course meant Urapreciousangel. We now get Ura's baby in, named Izaiahzanniah.

Best male name: D'Shawntavius.

Best triplets: Jonquarius, Shontarius and Quontarius.

Best stupid name fight: Mom, dad and grandma got into a fight (punches thrown) over the spelling of the much apostrophed hyphenated 18 syllable name of baby. Wish I could remember it.

We currently have 2 Nevaeh's in as well as a Preshus, a Kelviunta, a Murissuh (Marissa?)and an Anfuenee (mom's meth-induced take on Anthony).

Anonymous said...

Unrelated, but thought this blog readership would like:

http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/special/nurse_romance/archive_romance2007-11-01.html

Anonymous said...

the "best" names were two twins I knew in jr high schoool.

Lemonjello and Orangejello (le-mon j'lo and or'ang j'lo is how they were pronounced.

EE said...

Lesbia was the wackiest I heard.

Me: Ok, my name's EE, what's yours?
Her: Lesbia.
Me: What?
Her: *blushes bright red* L-E-S-B-I-A.

DrShroom said...

There's a kid somewhere in the UK called Lanesra, which is dad's fave football (pr. soccer) team, Arsenal backwards. According to the census there's at least one Superman out there, too.

And wasn't de Sade with a long 'a', not an 'o'..?

Slainte

S

Anonymous said...

That r wasn't silent, it was invisible!

~ Shari Ann

Angry Nurse said...

Shari Ann beat me to the obvious but funny response.. wonder if "Sade" would appreciate the humor in silent vs invisible

MY OWN WOMAN... said...

LOL....I just can't stand it!

Julie said...

I had to call back a little kid named Diarrhea to triage a few years ago.

Dee-Ar-EE-a

Her parents were two tacos short of a combo plate.

EMily said...

The most ridiculous names Iv'e ever heard from patients have been:

Fenyx (aka Phoenix)

Divine St. Rose
(a baby girl..she'll make a fine stripper some day)

Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards...I see this alot and hate it so much)

Caraixia (pronounced Ca-ray-sha..puhleeze.)

Babs said...

One of your commenters said, I have a girl I graduated with who got pregnant and named her baby Chevy Silverado....


...named after the place where conception took place, no doubt. An area doctor named his daughter Aspen for the same reason. Of course one is so much more respectable....;)

RehabNurse said...

Dionaryia was the most different name I saw when I was a student. Mom liked a couple of names and combined them.

Now that I work with big people all the time, we don't see too many strange names. Although we had a 20-something gal with an oddball name who liked to be called Titi. (even though there was only one t anywhere in her name)

Jim said...

Names like these - and the parents who chose them - make me question my recurrent decision to get out of bed and go to work.