Road to Steemfest - How the hell do I pronounce @sjennon?

in steemit •  14 days ago

Because it's not pronounced at S-Jennon. WHAT!?

As I was about to start one of the other challenges of @anomadsoul's Road to Steemfest, I stumbled upon the fact that almost everyone I met through Steemit (except ours silly Dutchies here) call me S. Jennon.

Or S-Jennon.

Or es-jannon.

And I feel really sorry to break it to you guys, but that is, in fact, not how one would pronounce my username. Sorry, @jaybird.

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It all began when I was still living back at home in The Netherlands and I was looking for a username that wasn't always occupied.

In Dutch, the J isn't pronounced as Jay and our A sounds more like an Ah (therefore used an E which in a word is pronounced as Eeh), which then makes Sjennon simply does sound like Shannon. And oh my! What a coincidence - that's my name :D

Does this still make sense though?


Sjennon


[ʃænən]


Even if it doesn't make sense to any of you, it is a username that is always available as no English Speaking person decides to have such a fucked up name. And well, there are not many Dutchies who go by the name of Shannon.

More useless, Wikipedia facts about my name:

  • The longest river in the British Isles, which flows through Ireland into the Atlantic Ocean
  • A sea area, to the west of Ireland, centred on the estuary of this river
  • A surname​ of Irish origin, variant of Shanahan, anglicised from Ó Seanaigh (“descendant of a person named Old”).
    (chiefly US) A male given name, from the surname or from the river.
  • A female given name derived from the river; first used in the USA in early 20th century, and only recently in Ireland.

I want a penny for everytime someone on SteemFest pronounces my name wrong.

I shall bring an extra bag just for cash. Or simply send me some SBD's.


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I've been living a lie for so long! Whenever I see your name pop up on my feed I say "oh, [es]-jenon posted something" but now I can't help but think of you as Shannon. But Shannon is a stranger, she is not the cool girl I know, she is not Es-jenon :(

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Another victim! :'(

Shannon is also pretty cool! Though, I am sorta kinda a bit used to people calling me [es]-jenon after three years, so I'd probably still turn around if someone screams that.

Ah, nice to meet you Jenn..., I mean, Shannon! How's Amsterdam these days?

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Whaaaat! I can't believe you just did that!

I've heard it's rainy in Amsterdam. In Berlin it's simply cold!

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My cousin lives in Berlin. Amsterdam is so much nicer. Why would you want to leave? :-D

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Haha, I really like Berlin though :) So much more lively!

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Ahahah! I bet people are more agitated because they are shivering with cold. I liked Berlin, too, but the weather was really depressing while I was there. I always got sunny weather, while in Amsterdam... and I love the sun!!!

OOOHHH I was saying SJ - ENNON !!!!

Alrighty Shannon it is !

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Haha, super funny how everybody has their own variation on it. Cheers!

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CHeers :)

Haha, I go with Eric here!
I had no idea it was pronounced like this, but now everything makes sense :-) Thanks for enlightening us Shannon :-))

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Glad to have enlightened you! Good to see you here, hopefully soon aswell :D

Thanks for stopping by <3

At last, the mystery has been reveal and solved!!!! Now I know how to pronounce the name properly and don't get embarrassed when we meet at SF3 🤣🙊

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Hahaa, no worries! Looking forward to meeting you there!

I always thought it was pronounced "se-yenn-on" now I know!

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Oo, that's interesting too. I guess it never really goes out of your brain though. Similarly to when you write wednesday, my brain literally goes: Wet-nes-day.

Hahah I knew it was pronounced Shannon... but only because of hearing @meanmommy33 talk about you all the time ;)