Awhile back, I told you all about how we never meant to be weird-baby-name parents. But we inadvertently are, because no one can pronounce Enoch.
When our newest daughter showed up, we kept it cool. We picked a Bible name that has thoroughly infiltrated society. Phoebe.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a complete episode of Friends, but even I know Phoebe is a character on the show. And there’s a girl on The Magic School Bus named Phoebe too. I mean, how much more cultural reference do people who lived through the 90’s need?
So I was feeling pretty confident that Phoebe’s name would be user friendly.
Until we got a text from a family member (who will remain anonymous) asking if it was pronounced “Fee-bee” or “Foo-bee.”
FOO-BEE. Who would name their kid “Foo-bee”? Do we seem like those kind of people?
Maybe after the Enoch debacle, we do.
But it gets worse. At the hospital, a nurse asked me Phoebe’s name, which I told her and then spelled (because I’m fully aware that part is tough). Not two minutes later, she looked down at her sheet and called my daughter “Foe-bee.” Seriously, I just pronounced it for you. You have no excuse.
So, just to nip any confusion in the bud, my daughter’s name is pronounced “FEE-BEE.”
But I have to admit, “Foo-bee” might become a nick-name now.