The Name’s the Same

Not so long ago I posted a piece about the pronunciation of my name. It’s Leslie, pronounced with an s sound instead of a z. Occasionally people will use the z sound when pronouncing my name, but I don’t correct them. In the scheme of things, it’s not that big a deal. At least not in my world.

But I was watching the Today Show this morning and they did a story about a 49-year-old woman who’d legally changed her name from, wait for it, Leslie to something she thought was more feminine because people kept pronouncing her name with the z sound.

I tried to find the link to the segment, but all sorts of Leslies popped up: Leslie Mann, Leslie Uggams, Leslie Nielsen, Leslie Bibb, Leslie West. Even my comedic hero, the fictional Leslie Knope.

I’m pretty happy to be in their company, regardless of how you pronounce our name.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

9 thoughts on “The Name’s the Same”

  1. My son has a similar issue with an “s” in his name. We like to drive him crazy by giving him a dozen nicknames, all heavy on the “z” sound instead. We’re extra nice like that!

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  2. I have a niece, Lesley. When she turned 30 she got up the gumption to call me out on my pronouncing her name using the “Z” (I had no idea; was generally mortified). I’m probably over-emphasizing the “S” sound now when I call her, but she’s not complaining. And so it goes. – Marty

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    1. It’s weird because I’ve had female Leslies insist it’s said with the z. In England, a female with the name spells it as your niece does while males spell it as mine is spelled. I guess my parents didn’t get the memo.

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