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Velvet's funny post about her daughter misunderstanding musician's names had me thinking about my own name confusion.
When I was 8 or so, a rather stocky person moved to town. We were all introduced to Joey became friends on the playground.
Cut to 10th grade: to keep kids from smoking, our high school removed all the stalls from the bathroom. Modest types such as myself resorted to holding it or, in desperation, the toilet in the far corner.
One day, I was pulling up my pants when I realized someone was coming in the bathroom. Still somewhat exposed, I am mortified to see Joey.
"What are you doing in here??? This is the GIRL'S bathroom," I yelled, finally getting my pants up.
Joey looked at me all confused and finally said, "I AM a girl."
We both just stared at each other dumbfounded.
Finally, I said, "But your name is Joey. That's a boy's name."
The reply floored me: "J-O-Y is a GIRL'S name."
After all those years, I finally realized her southern accent was so thick, when she was saying Joy, I heard Joey. I can't tell you how many of my friends were shocked at the revelation... We ALL thought she was a