Why Name Pronunciation Is So Much More Important Than You Think

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I have a simple name: Rita. Four letters, no accent marks or special characters, no emphasis on any certain letter. Because it’s such an easy name to say, I’ve never had to deal with chronic mispronunciations, or people calling me something else entirely because they just aren’t sure how to say it.

If you’re like me, and have a name that everybody can pronounce, consider yourself lucky … because that’s a luxury. And then consider the plight of those with names that aren’t so easy — the rare, unconventional, unique names that often give people pause . . .

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