Thursday, January 24, 2008

An introduction

My name is Brandon Pedersen. Not Peterson. Not Patterson. Pedersen. Phonetically it is pronounced: Ped-ur-sen, as in sent. It’s Scandinavian. I spent the first week of kindergarten in the time out corner because, “It’s not nice to correct Miss Chestnut, she’s the teacher and knows what’s best.” I asked her how she knew what was best if she couldn’t pronounce my name correctly and spent my second week of school in the time out corner as well. I have heard some people will allow new acquaintances to mispronounce their name because they are tired of correcting everyone. I refuse to adapt the pronunciation of my name when, as far as I’m concerned, the rest of the word is just being lazy.

1 comment:

Kylie Jo said...

The only thing I would say is that it might read better if you said: "Not Peterson and not Patterson. Pederson." or "Not Peterson, not Patterson, but Pederson." I know fragments can be effective, but it seems very broken up to make those 5 words into 3 sentences.