TAG Britain #UntukIndonesia
Edisi pertama PPI UK Digital Magazine “TAG Britain” Spring 2014 telah terbit.
TAG Britain adalah majalah digital PPI UK yang berisi berbagai update tentang kegiatan-kegiatan para pelajar Indonesia di UK serta wadah suara serta kreativitas para pelajar Indonesia.
TAG Britain dapat dinikmati di http://ppiuk.org/digital-magazine/spring-2014/.
Selamat membaca! Sampai jumpa di TAG Britain edisi Summer 2014! 😄 with Michael, Nicholas, Agung Bagus Pratiksa, Billy, Aga, kenny, Anindita, Ray, Tamy, Jellina Danil, Suzanne Sarah, Faldo, Stella, Faisal, Gilang, Alyssa, Richard, Syahidah, Cindy, and Amelia – View on Path.
As you all might know, my name is Desy, yes D-E-S-Y.
No, not Dessy.
How do I pronounce my name, you ask? It’s like “messy” but with D instead of M, but with less stress on the S to be precise. Many non-Indonesians often have trouble getting my name at first meetings. Normally they would have to pronounce my name first in order to check they got it right. Many people mistake it for Lessy or Nessy, which urged me to change the way I pronounce my name.
I started introducing myself to people as Daisy since then. Yes, Daisy as in the flower and Daisy Duck. Anyway, I believe the Indonesian name “Desy” (and its alternative pronunciations) is derived from the same word as the English name “Daisy”. So who on earth would get that wrong? Great idea, I thought. Nobody ever got a problem with getting my name since then. However, the problem lies when they get confused at my name on Facebook. At the end I still have to tell them how to pronounce my name correctly, and some of them actually sincerely wanna say it right.
To be honest, I don’t mind being called Daisy instead of Desy, as it makes it easier for everyone and I like the name anyway. However, I get really annoyed when people (who have seen how I spell my name, e.g. on Facebook) spell my name wrong! I actually just realised how important it is for me that people can spell my name correctly although I almost don’t care how wrong they could pronounce my name (almost… ALMOST don’t care).
So how do I spell my name, you ask? It’s D-E-S-Y. Yes, just four letters, with a single S and a Y. Many non-Indonesians are actually really good at spelling my name right (of course assuming they have read my correctly spelled name — otherwise they’d normally write Daisy). As far as I could remember, all of my non-Indonesian friends have always got my name spelled correctly (though I actually have a bad memory). I suppose it’s either the name spelling is very familiar to them, or they are just very careful about spelling people’s names right. I personally think it’s more of the latter, though I’m not sure. Isn’t it surprising?
On the other hand, my Indonesian friends are totally awful at spelling my name. I’m not sure but maybe more than 50% of my Indonesian friends don’t know how to spell my name correctly. The most common spellings they use are: Dessy, Desi, and Dessi. Sometimes people also mistake my name for Jessy, but that’s another story. Why, why are there so many variations to the spelling of the name Desy?? Well, I think one of the reasons is because they are all pronounced exactly the same way in Indonesian. I have no idea as to how Indonesians came up with 4 different versions of it. Maybe they used to spell it as Desi but there’s also this westernised version which is Dessy and people get mixed up, or purposely mix the two along the way. If I were to choose one of the four spellings before I was born, I would have chosen Dessy to be honest. Why? Because it’d be most convenient for everyone (Indonesians and non-Indonesians). BUT it’s too late now and my name is Desy and that’s how I want everyone to spell my name coz I like it!
As this never-ending problem persists, I try to be a little sarcastic and put two extra S’es in my name so it’s actually spelled with THREE of the letter S. You think my name is spelt with a double S? Well I might as well spell it with a triple S.
Those who know me might know that I’ve been using the screen name dessskris in most social media. Yes that’s desss for Desy and Kris for Kristianti. I started using this on twitter when I was bored with my old username (I used to go by the username desympsons because I like watching The Simpsons, and dezmiones as a wordplay of Des Moines, a city in Iowa) ages ago when I was in school. I just didn’t know what username would be nice and just fine. Many people just put their first and last names together or the initial of their first name combined with their last name. This inspired me to combine my first and last names. I remembered that in primary school I had a classmate called Dessy too and our teachers and classmates got confused, so they would call me Desy Kris as a short version of my full name for convenience. So I came up with deskris, but thought it was kinda weird and too short. Lengthening my last name into deskristi would be odd as I wouldn’t like being called Kristi as it reminds me of a very annoying bitch at school, and going even longer would only make it worse. So I thought about desykris, but it’s rather not creative (which exactly depicts me actually). And finally I came up with the sarcastic dessskris idea. Bingo! I thought it was just perfect!
Ever since then I always used dessskris as my screenname, although I may be found on twitter as @DKDesy now and I have a different screenname on skype as I wanted to go professional in case if anything. Yes I know that’s not creative at all either, so please if you have a great idea for a professional-ish screenname for me please do let me know. Now dessskris is like my identity. As I write this I think I should probably secure the username dessskris on Yahoo mail and hotmail for me now :/ But yeah I like to just use dessskris online. Whenever you see that name, yes that would be Desy me!
To recap, you could pronounce my name just like “messy” but with a D instead of M. Spell my name with a single S and a Y, so it’s D-E-S-Y and please do NOT get it wrong! Lastly if you want to stalk me, I often go by the username dessskris so let’s get stalking!!
How important is your name to you? Would you rather have people say your name wrong or spell your name wrong? Let me know in the comments box :)