In this Sunday's Sally Forth
cartoon, Sally's husband Ted is making up phony reminiscences of his childhood for their daughter, and one of the things he says is "'Forth' isn't even a surname. It's just a number I misspelled." I just woke up from a dream in which he revealed what his "real" surname was "SZRXYNMY" -- oddly enough, via the red LED display of a clock radio, which shouldn't have had enough digits for that, but made sense in my dream. Looks like it's from one of those Eastern European countries with a severe vowel shortage. I can see why they would have changed it, since I have personal experience with a surname that no native English speaker ever gets right if they see it in print first, rather than hearing me introduce myself. ( This is why the local grocery store chain's company policy of requiring their clerks to thank you by name -- which, if you use their membership card, is printed at the bottom of your receipt -- is rather counterproductive in my case. I think their idea is to make you feel like all of their stores are oh so customer friendly, because they know your name!
, but in my case it just rubs my nose in how very phony this charade is. )