Friday, November 23

Travails of an unique surname

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D'Sa

That's my surname. Three major reactions are elicited to the first hearing.

1. It's D'Souza
Them: "Oh, you mean D'Souza."
Me: "No, if I meant D'Souza, I would have said D'Souza."
T: "So what is it then?"
Me: "D'Sa."
T: "Just D'Sa?"
Me: "What does that mean, just D'Sa? You want more?"
T: "No, no, why are you so testy?"
Me: "No reason."

2. It's an abbreviation
"So what does it stand for?"
My face morphs into a question mark
"Like, what is the full form, tell no."
"Full form of what?"
"Of D-S-A."
"It's a full name, nothing to expand."
"So how do I pronounce it?"
"Di-saa."
"Deee-saaa?"
"Close enough."
"And it's not an abbreviation?"
"No."

3. It's a spelling mistake
"Oh you mean, like D'Souza or D'Silva or something?"
"Yes, but only D'Sa."
"Why?"
"Why???"
"No so like what is the full-form?"
"That's it."
"And what does it stand for?"
"Diciest Surname of all."
"Ha ha ha."
"Exactly."

So, the next time you meet someone with my problems, remember - it's just D'Sa.

4 comments:

  1. If u expand it and make it DESA, people will add I and make it DESAI.

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  2. hehe i wrote something on this a few years ago. Im another Rohan D'Sa btw
    http://rohandsa.livejournal.com/3156.html

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  3. @Anon:

    Desai has been one of the saner contortions, believe you me! I have certificates with me that have gone as far as "Dosa"!

    @Rohan:

    Thanks Rohan, posted a comment on your blog as well.

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  4. If u expand it and make it DESA, people will add I and make it DESAI.

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