The Wheel of Questionable Spelling : Oh Fair New Mexico

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by Karen Fayeth

The Wheel of Questionable Spelling

by at 9:49am

June 7, 2012    12 Comments

Had a laugh this morning as I thought about today’s Theme Thursday, which is: full circle.

I was looking for a sign from the universe, a whisper from The Muse, an idea to bonk me on the head that fits with the theme.

The laugh came when I realized that all I had to do was look at my coffee cup.

Here’s where the circle begins:


Originally published November 7, 2008.

Alternate spelling, alternate universe

You may recall from a post a while back that I use my secret agent 007 stealth first name when I order coffee and they ask for a name to write on the cup.

My secret agent name is Lucy. I use that name because it’s:

1) easy to pronounce

2) easy to spell

3) heard clearly over the whooosh whooosh sounds of an espresso machine

I borrowed this name from a friend (who has my same real first name) because of the ease of use.

Until this past week at the Honolulu airport.

They asked my name. I said Lucy. They nodded and wrote the name. I got my beverage and it wasn’t until I was on the plane that I noticed.

You can’t make this stuff up.


And here’s where the story comes full circle:

Truth must be stranger than fiction, even on the mainland, because this morning I went to my local coffee slinger and used that same nom de bebida.

And this is what I got:

Questionable spelling skills, a feature of at least two of our fifty states.
Side note: look how much the quality of iPhone photos has improved in four years. Amazing.


12 Responses to “The Wheel of Questionable Spelling”

  1. brian miller says:

    haha….too funny and lucy is not that hard to spell either….oh my…

  2. Ur bro says:

    You should see the variations on Yvette my wife gets, especially here in Malaysia…

  3. Frank Conway says:

    L’u si,

    Just read in the Chronicle that the World Naked Bike Ride is taking place tomorrow in San Francisco so stopped by to see if you’d decided yet what you’ll be wearing.

    • Karen Fayeth says:

      I can neither confirm nor deny my whereabouts on the day of Saturday, June 9th.

  4. Anji says:

    I can’t help wondering how people with really difficult names know it’s their own coffee

    • Karen Fayeth says:

      Anji – Yeah, if they can’t spell it they sure as heck can’t shout it out when it’s ready. Crazy!

  5. Natalie says:

    I get “Nat” a lot because Natilie, Naomi, Natlie, Nitilie, Naddly, Nadily, and…. NATALIE are so darned hard to spell.

    I agree we are too far away from “I Love Lucy” with this generation. That’s too bad, really; some of the best comedy… ever!

    Ohhhhhhhhh….. Luuuuuuuuucyyyyyy!

    • Karen Fayeth says:

      Natalie (see what I did there? I spelled it!) – Just…argh! Natalie. See? I did it again. It’s not that hard!

  6. sclaus says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t get “Loose-y” or “Lose-y,” considering those are the words everyone seems to spell wrong the most of late! Between that error, “Yeah right?” and “Really?….Really?” I’m about ready to move to a non-english speaking country. Or planet. :)

    • Karen Fayeth says:

      Cuz – Ohmuhgawd. Lose vs loose is one of my personal pet peeves. Oh yes.

      I may have to follow you to that planet. It sounds lovely. Do they have candy treats and soft pillows to sleep on?