I get it. It’s tough. My last name is unusual…and I’m OK with that.
Hardinge. Pronounced just like Harding, but written with an ‘e‘ on the end of it. Don’t ask me why, but the last time I checked, some not so distant relative thought that Harding would look more sophisticated if they stuck an ‘e‘ after the ‘g‘ (however, note that the ‘e’ is trendy once again…like ebay, e-mail, and all the unnecessary e’s after normal words like Shoppe and Pointe).
So after 26 years on this earth, I thought that I had seen and heard it all.
They say Har-dinge (like fringe)…
They say Har-dingy…
They write Hardinger…
It’s gotten to the point that when I give my name at a restaurant, I usually leave off the ‘e’ just so the hostess doesn’t butcher it when letting Missy and I know that our table is ready.
Like I said…I thought that I had seen and heard it all. That is…until this arrived in the mail yesterday:
Missy had custom-ordered this Lands’ End tote for the girls. She e-mailed and called Customer Service to make sure that they got the spelling correct for the monogram. She was so excited when the box showed up on our porch. Until she opened it. Huh?
Um… Not. Even. Close. Who? The “Hardubge Triplets”, that’s who. Needless to say, Mrs. Hardubge and I are very upset. This bag is being returned ASAP.
But hey…at least they got the ‘e‘!