1. My last name starts with the letter E. When I spell it to someone, I sometimes say "E as in Europe". I'm not trying to trick the person. That's simply what pops into my head.
2. I figure customer service people can spell Europe. Am I wrong to think that?
3. Mama pronounced the letter E as "A". That's how she learned it as a kid in the Philippines, a U.S. territory (then), which had been a Spanish colony in Mama's grandparents' time. "The old-timers spoke Spanish. They tried to teach me," said Mama. I wonder what Mama was interested in instead.
4. The silliness it was when Mama asked 12-year-old Susie to spell a word that has one or more letter E's. Oh my gosh! Let's suppose, Mama asks, "How do you spell Elephant?"
"E-," I start.
"What kind of E?" she asks.
"E." I say.
"E as in A. or E as in E."
5. Before I understood that she pronounced E's as A's, Mama made a V-shaped sign with her middle and index fingers to show me what she meant. The V down was the letter A, while the V pointed to the side was, of course, the letter E.
7. The second time the writer expressed "Thank you for your efforts", I decided he was sincere. And, I appreciated that he said so.
8. I have a hyphenated surname: Echaore-McDavid. Yup, that is a long name to get lost in when you're listening to it being spelled to you.
9. Daddy spelled our last name Echaore; Uncle Frank, Echaorre; and Uncle Alejandro, Echaure. Beats me who's correct.
10. Echaore is a bastardized version of either Echaurren or Echeverria, both Basque surnames.
11. Spain ruled the Philippines from 1521 to 1898, but it wasn't until the late 1840s, when Spain's power was waning, that Spain decided it was important for the natives to have Spanish surnames. Probably so the natives could be systematically taxed. In every town, natives chose a surname from an approved list for their town. In Daddy's hometown, several families have surnames starting with E, which more likely is because that town was given a list of E surnames.
12. During the first day of school or class, I knew an instructor came to my name when there was a long pause after reading the person's name before me. Sometimes I piped in with a "Here" before I heard an attempt such as E-Core, Each-Ah-Ore, Eck-Ore, and E-Kor-rie.
13. My parents taught me to pronounce our last name as E-Chore-E. A Spanish professor once told me the correct pronunciation is: A-Cha-Or-A. Long hard A (just like the way Mama said her E's) and roll the rrrrrrr. I like how his pronunciation sounds musical, but I still say E-Chore-E. E as in Europe.
Hmmmm. . . Maybe next time I'll say E as in Eggs. Imagine 12-year old Susie spelling that to her Mama!
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