In my golf league last week, I was in the group with Linda N. This is my third season in the league, so I have gotten to know the very nice Linda a little bit, but have avoided saying her last name, because it is a little hard to pronounce.
But, since we were playing together, I talked to her about the pronunciation and practiced it while we were playing.
After I had screwed up several attempts to pronounce the name, I said to Linda, “Have you ever remembered some guy named something like “Bill Smith” you knew when you were single and thought how much easier life would have been if you had married him?”
She laughed and said, “No. My maiden name was Russian … this one is like “Smith” compared to it!”
It really is all relative, isn’t it?
And using the name Smith as the prototypical “easy” name, reminds me that I used to deal with a truck salesman in Canada with that last name but it was spelled “Smythe”. So, even though his name sounded simple, he ended up explaining it too.