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by EPI Staff on May 12, 2011

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Country Girl May 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I have heard many a friend who have a name to which new people always have an obvious comment/connnection. I.e. I have a friend whose name is Roxanne and she gets so tired of introducing herself people and having them begin to sing Roxanne by the Police. A past classmate who would introduce himself as Marco only to be met constantly with “Marco?….Polo!”

I am wondering what kind of response would be best for them to use towards the hundreds of folks who proudly think that they are the first to make these obvious connections?

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Just Laura May 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

In deadpan expression: “Goodness, I’ve never heard that before. How very original.” Then brightly, “It’s nice to meet you!”

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Country Girl May 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

That literally made me lol. ;)

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Just Laura May 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

[Finds out I can't click "like" on a comment. Disappointed.]

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MKD May 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I have a name like this. I usually respond smiling, “First time I’ve heard that today!”

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Betty Warrington May 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

Some family from out of town are coming to visit with another family member who having health issues and has an upcoming birthday. I was called by another family member ( who is out of town) to let me know that they were coming and it was implied in the conversation(not blatenly but I read between the lines) that I should have them over for dinner when they come over. I dont want to I am just not the hostess type (that was my mother) would it be so wrong if I just did not offer to serve them dinner. SN: This family member always came to my home almost every weekend up until the health issues also I have a moutain of home repairs and issues that causes me some discomfort when it comes to having guest. I dont want to appear rude to them if my mother was still living she would have done it and it has come to be expected of me as well.

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Just Laura May 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

Why not ask them to join you at a local restaurant?

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