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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
The Rockaway Times
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Between The Bridges
Name Game
In the never ending lita-
ny of "trigger words" and
"micro-aggressions"
con-
tinually being defined on
an almost daily basis by ad-
ministrators and students
alike at our nation's insti-
tutions of higher learning,
mispronouncing a student's
name is now considered a
"micro-aggression" and is
alleged to cause that student
"anxiety" and "resentment"
with such mispronunciation
truly negating the student's
identity, which, in turn, will
hinder academic progress
as the teacher, in addition
to bollixing up their name,
is also disregarding the stu-
dent's family and culture as
well.
The mispronunciation of
one's name is an occurrence
I am all too familiar with.
Born Peter Joseph Mahon Jr.
back in 1950, my last name
("Mahon") has been the
subject of a continual series
of phonetic butcheries for as
long as I can remember. My
father always pronounced
our last name as "Man". My
mother, who hailed from the
Emerald Isle pronounced
it "Mahan" but her maid-
en name was Kelly so she
also was not too sure. Oth-
ers would appear (at least
to me) to go out of their way
to find new variations of the
name such as "Mayon" (as
in mayonnaise) or "Mahin."
Growing up in the (then)
Irish enclave of Woodside,
Queens, my last name was
the butt (pun intended) of
many jokes because of its
phonetic likeness to the
Gaelic phrase "pog mo tho-
in" which, bastardized in
English slang, translates to
"Pogue Mahone" meaning
"kiss my arse."
In an attempt to put this
issue to rest, when my par-
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