Back on Language Log in 2006, I looked at manglings of my name, in writing and in speech. New examples continue to appear. Yesterday, from Equality California, a mailing to
with the very frequent S for Z, plus a perseveration of the S into the second syllable. A while back, mail for
presumably by hybridization of entries in a big mailing list. Before that, mail from the SF LGBT Center for
a replacement of my (relatively uncommon) first name with a more ordinary one. In 2006 I reported
Ronald, Donald, Harold, Albert, Leonard, Howard
and added Andrew, but since then I’ve collected Herbert and Robert — and now Randy. Trochaic names rule.
Just call me Ishmael.