Lemon Dill Lamb and “That’s My Name, Don’t Wear It Out”

My roommate reminded me of something that truly irks me yesterday.

The mis pronounciation of my name.

Truth is, I wrote about this before. But I wanted to delve a little deeper. And for the sake of being egotistical, I’m gonna specifically address MY name as opposed to names in general.

The way I’ve always looked at it is that a person’s name is determined by their parents (unless they get a name change or whatever) and that even if they spell their name as “Bob” but insist it’s pronounced “George,” where am I to argue their validity because it’s their name.

Lets begin with what my name is NOT.

Eeee-dun: Nope not like “the garden of…..”. Yes, I am well aware I spell it like “The Garden of Eden” but it’s not pronounced that way. Shocker, I know. Don’t hound me like the grammar nazi about this. Do you call some dude name “Herb”, “Errb”.

No. Most people named “Herb” would prefer not to be confused with basil or dill.


Ai-den: Nope, I’m not named after John Corbett’s character on Sex and the City.

Eeee-dun: I have no explanation for when people pronounce the end of my name that makes it rhyme with “udon”.

Ellen: When I first tell people how to pronounce my name (the correct way), they think I sai “Ellen”. Although flattering because I’d love to have something in common with the dancing-sharp-witted-Portia de Rossi-wife, my name is NOT “Ellen”.

What my name is…..

“Eh-den”: Well, at least that’s the way its pronounced (its spelled like the garden, yes I know, see “herb” above). The “E” is the same sounding “E” from “Ellen”. I mean , we don’t call Ellen, “Eeee-llen”. Cause that just seems painful to hear, doesn’t it?

So what about you? Do people mispronounce your name? Do you have a “fool-proof” name that people somehow manage to mispronounce?

  • 1 1/2 pounds lamb tenderloin (or stew meat) cut into cubes
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup small fresh/frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt or sour cream (not non-fat)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.  When the oil is hot, brown the lamb, in batches if necessary so as not to crowd the pan, adding more oil as needed.  Cook without moving the meat until a nice golden brown crust develops, 2-3 minutes per side.  Remove the lamb to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan, and then add the onion.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.  Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any brown bits.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Add the lamb and any accumulated juices back to the pan.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.  Cover the pot with a lid slightly ajar and maintain a gentle simmer for about 1 hour, until the lamb is tender.
  3. Stir in the peas and bring the pot up to a simmer for 5 minutes, or until the peas are cooked.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the chopped dill, sour cream, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice.  Do not allow the mix to come to a boil.
  4. Warm through for 4-5 minutes, adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper, and serve garnished with additional fresh dill if desired.


47 thoughts on “Lemon Dill Lamb and “That’s My Name, Don’t Wear It Out”

  1. Melie IS my fool-proof name. If you manage to mispronounce it, I’ll seriously be surprised. Actually, all people in my real life call me Melina. It’s kind of funny because it’s really difficult to mess its pronunciation but it does sound different depending on their nationality. I kind of like the different aspects of my name…

  2. My last name is Russian/Polish/Czech (I know that’s confusing! but it has to do with the ending; I’m part Eastern European but we’re not sure if the ending was mistranslated after a couple of generations in America) and people always butcher its pronunciation. I get so tired of correcting them! rawr.

  3. Cute. I enjoyed trying to pronounce all the ways people mispronounce your name. My real name is Margaret, but everyone calls me Meg. It makes me CRAZY when people make an assumption and call me Megan, especially when I just introduced myself as Meg! Don’t even get me started on my maiden name… So, I can only imagine the frustration.

  4. Hello. I’m a first time commenter 🙂
    I love the uniqueness of your name. I’ve never heard it before, actually.
    People mispronounce my name all the time. I’ve come to expect it now.
    The worst pronunciation I’ve gotten was mara-cell-uh…it’s happened more than once!
    I have no idea where the m comes from…

  5. Ok, so I admit it — I was mispronouncing it in my head. Like the garden of..

    So, just to be clear, is Eh-den like “Ey-den”, i.e., a long “E”. Or is is short, like in Ellen? I’m thinking short, because otherwise your name would be Aiden. But the “h” is confusing me a little bit.

    And you’d think my name is foolproof, but German people pronounce it “Elison”. Which is weird, because they do have the short “a” in German. They can say it. But for some reason they just choose not to use it. They effectively pronounce it Älison instead. No. Wrong.

  6. You’d think Rachel would be pretty fool-proof, but alas. I’ve had it pronounced “Ra-shell” (a la Francais), and once some one actually asked me if it was pronounced like “racial.” Um, no. My maiden name (which is French) was even worse…Outside of family, the only person who ever pronounced that one correctly on the first try was my advisor in college, and he happened to be fluent in French. My married name is much easier, thankfully.

  7. I was mispronouncing your name in my head until I watched yours and Sophia’s video last week. So thank you Sophia for setting me straight!

    I really don’t like it when people change my name from what it is. I don’t know if they’re being cute or if “Susan” is just too difficult! My least favorites are Suzanne, Sue, and Susie. Suz (pronouced “Sooz”) is what my friends call me, and I’m cool with that one.

    • I actually prefer Susie! It sounds less old-lady like than Susan. I’m with you on Suzanne and Sue though – unacceptable 😉

      For some reason, people call me Sarah ALL the time too.

    • Most people mispronounce it, actually, everyone does when they first meet me! And i often don’t correct them if its just like a fly-by meeting and I might not see them again. It just gets confusing.

  8. Until you told me about this a few months ago, I totally thought your name was like the garden, which I guess is to be expected. Since you told me though, I’m hyper aware of it (when I say it in my head, of course.)

    Abby is fool proof but my last name is a disaster. People automatically assume Abby is short for Abigail, which it is not, but I don’t mind it that much. Close friends call me “Abs,” which I only like if they’re close friends. If we just met, you don’t have those rights yet (unless you’re male and hot–then we can talk.)

  9. I’m happy you addressed this! I noticed how Sophia pronounced it in your video and I was just like “uh-oh, I’ve totally been saying it wrong in my head.” Made even worse by the fact that I actually hung out with you in real life!

    I come from a French city, and get really pissed when people call me “Suzanne.” I go out of my way to say “Jacques” not “Jack,” the least they can do is try not to French-ify and butcher my name.

    • yes! I totally feel bad for you (in the best possible way)! Could you imagine if it wasn’t “miller” and you’d have some other complex name with “Iacobacci”?

  10. I had been mispronouncing your name…so I apologize. Luckily I’ve never said it out loud and you would have never known unless I admitted it in the most public way possible.

    My name is Sarah. My middle name is Elizabeth. My last name sounds exactly like it is spelled (although you’d be surprised how many small children misinterpret and call me Ms Pepper, which I find sort of amusing). So I cannot, unfortunately, empathize with your plight.

    If it makes you feel better, I like your name better now.

  11. People do mis-pronounce my name, but I’m used to that, since it’s not the most common name out there. What annoys me more is when people misspell it. Especially when I’ve just given them something that has my name written on it!!!

    ❤ ❤

  12. I have a great idea! 1, put your “pronounciation” at the top of your blog.
    2. VLOG IT! Seriously!!! I thought I was saying it correctly all this time, (I think I am…), but if you said it outloud, we could be sure! 🙂
    Have a great day!

  13. People always think I say “Janet” when I tell them my name is “Shannon”. Or when they look at my name tag at work a lot of the time they think it says “Sharon”. A lot of people misspell my last name, which is ridiculous because it is the most simple last name in the world. They always struggle with my middle name, too. Miriah, people think it should be pronounced like Maria, with the i sounding like an e, when it’s really like Mariah, with the i sounding like, well, an i. Though that does make me wonder why the “h” changes the sound of the “i”?

  14. Mostly it’s older people that get my name wrong. Calling me Cory. And then, even if I tell them repeatedly that they don’t have to call me by my real name, they can call me Tori, they keep calling me Victoria every time. I don’t mind, but I’ve NEVER been called Victoria! And I’ve also gotten dumb questions like, “how did you get the nickname Tori?” Ummmm, can they not see the ‘tori’ part of Victoria?

  15. In general, people rarely pronounce my name correctly. They usually say something close to ‘Korn’ which bugs the heck out of me! and whenever someone tries to spell it… it’s like I am speaking a foreign language! “It starts with a K?” yes people! That is the only other letter for that sound in the alphabet!
    If they were to go by how it is spelled and actually sound it out with putting correct emphasis on the double r, then that is the correct way to say it. Really, the only people other than myself who can say it right is my immediate family, not even my extended family! So now, everyone, including my husband, pronounces my like ‘Corinne’ and I’m okay with that.
    Thanks for the post, it was a good one!

  16. I really like your name, and the sound of it. I think I’m pronouncing it well :))
    My name is easily said in my language, of course, but I guess people would butcher in it English :))

  17. My name is Sandi. It rhymes with Gandhi. Sometiems I feel uncomfortable correcting people because I’m afraid people will think I choose to spell pronounce it that way to be unique or just obnoxious, when it’s really all my parents’ fault. I would just let people call me Sandy, except I hate the name Sandy. Plus…it’s not my name. Sometimes people call me “Cindy” or “Sandra” both of which are also kind of awful…and Korean people call me “Sendy”. I always wished I had a normal name like Emily or Melissa 😛 Ok, rant over!

  18. What a coincidence: Mimi and I were talking about how to pronounce your name on Sunday. I was an idiot and thought that it sounded like the garden of Eden from the spelling. Now I know better since Mimi corrected me!

    And if your ears were burning, it was because I was mentioning how your blog, Mimi’s and Sophia’s are the ones I turn to when I’m feeling down and need a good dose of realism and wit. So there 😉


    • ahahaha! I knew how to say your name since you explained it on your blog! I wanted to smack people at foodbuzz that were saying, “Oh, lets go say hi to Jan-eh-tha!”!

  19. hahaha people SUCK at my last name. it’s “pape” and most people pronounce it french like pape! or papeeee but really you pronounce it like as i would say “paper without the r” like “rhymes with tape” hahaha

  20. People rarely pronounce my name correctly. I kinda like it esp. on the phone because i can weed out people that are teleamarketers and friends right away. Good post and by the way I love your name. Your parents and sister did a great job picking it even if it did take them until they were on the way to the hospital to pick it.

  21. For me, the funniest thing is my last name, which is a four letter garden tool, that never ceases to leave people asking me how to pronounce it. I’m not quite sure if they are trying to invent extra letters or what

  22. Michelle has a name that is easy for people to say and remember, but me on the other hand people can never remember it nor say it right. I get a lot of Laura’s not Lori; or I get the other twin too for my name haha

  23. Surprisingly, people almost always pronounce my name wrong. I say “ta-ruh” and most people say “tair-uh” or “tar-uh”. I correct people that say “tar-uh”, but most people that say “tair-uh” just sound awkward when they pronounce it right. It’s confusing and weird, but almost no one says it the way I do!
    I’m not gonna lie, I always have to correct myself when I think of you as eeeden rather than eh-den. I’m getting it right more often than not now!

  24. Julia. Not JuliE, folks, JuliA.

    In the south I get “Jew-yah”…seriously. The drawl swallows the “l” and it’s heinous (…like the south itself come to think of it….).

    Then, of course, grace a The Wedding Singer, I get a lot of “Julia goolia”—but I don’t really mind that, provided that the name-sayer doesn’t think s/he is the first person to be oh-so-clever and provided that the name-sayer does not feel the need to attach “goolia” eeeeeeeeeeverytime s/he says my name 🙂

    This post also reminds me that I haven’t jammed to my guilty pleasure song of “That’s not my name” by the Ting Tings….that’s totally where I thought you were going when I first read this post title, haha

  25. I thought it was like “garden of eden” until we met! whoops!
    My name (Meredith, not Meri) almost never gets completely mispronounced. sometimes people say more like “mereDETH”which is irritating but not that bad. The spellings though- those are truly mind numbing at times.

  26. My middle name is Eden! But it’s pronounced like the Garden. It definitely is an uncommon name, I usually have to clarify with “you know, like the Garden” after I’ve told people, since most haven’t heard it. Regardless of the pronounciation, it’s a fantastic name, if I do say so myself.

    • Holy shit! I was reading through some of your older posts and noticed in one of your pictures (I think from the boob post) that you and I not only have a name in common but ALSO have the same thumbs (aka toe thumbs)!

  27. You know what’s funny? Ever since your first blog post about the pronunciation of your name, my brain does the same process: First my eyes read EEEDin…and then my brain autocorrects and goes…ehhhdin. I swear it does. Get out of my brain girl! hehe

    People don’t mispronounce my last name, but misspell it a LOT. It’s a pain. Even after I spell it out sometimes they STILL add a ‘c’ after the s or an ‘s’ to the end.

  28. haha my name is Teague. Pronounced like League but with a “T”. I totally wish it was easier than that. I’ve been called everything under the sun from “Tea” to “Tag” to “Tee-A-Goo” which is just uncalled for.

  29. I dont really have too many issues with my first name, but for some reason when I say my name on the phone some people think I am saying windsy or wendy! I dont know where they get that from, but I try to just move on and not let it bother me, because I know that they will butcher my last name even more! lol!

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