You Do That!

Have you ever tried to spell out an email address to someone? Over the phone? It’s not as simple as you may think!

Today, I found a house for rent and after negotiating with the lessor over the phone, she decided to give me her email address. She spelt it once and then I tried to confirm its correct spelling.

“Okay, let me double check to see I have this right.”


“It’s ‘g’, like ‘goat’…”


“‘P’ like ‘pig’…”


“‘E’ like ‘elephant’…”

“Uh huh.”

“‘A’ like ‘aardvark’…”


“And the letter ‘r’ like… um… like ‘rastafari‘?”


“And then the numbers 7-2-7-6-5 at AOL dot com?”

“Yeah, that’s right. What did you say for the letter ‘r’ again?”

“Um. ‘Rastafari?'”

“…I don’t even know what that is.”

“Actually, I don’t either,” I lied.


“Yeah, I’m sorry about that.”

“It’s okay.”

“Alright, so I’ll email you.”

“Okay, you do that.”

Rastafari?! RASTAFARI?! How about “rabbit” or “rhinoceros?” “Rattlesnake?” “Reindeer?” “Raccoon?!”

Nope. I said “rastafari.”

Brilliant, really.

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