I called a dentist's office to make an appointment and as I was a new patient, I needed to give my information to the receptionist. First name, spelled, last name, spelled. She read them both back to me and I agreed that she had them spelled correctly. At the end of the phone call she said I would be receiving a confirmation email shortly. About 10 minutes later an email from that office appeared in my inbox. I opened it and began to laugh.
[Since I don't want to use my real last name here, I'm going to use a fake one to ease the telling of the story.]
My last name is Schwartz. S-C-H-W-A-R-T-Z.
The name on the email was S-C-H-U-U-A-R-T-Z.
Read the spellings out loud. How could she have made that mistake? I was baffled for a second until I realized what had happened. On the second spelling, consider referring to the middle of the word as a "double u". Of all of the letters in my name that I usually clarify when spelling it out (S, C, T, Z), W isn't one of them. And, of course, when the receptionist read my last name back to me she used the same language I had, "S as in Sam, C as in Charlie, H, double-u, etc." I didn't (and couldn't) hear that she had typed out two separate Us instead of one single W.
I laughed for a good five minutes. Later in the evening I showed Zac the email and asked him if he had ever had his last name misspelled in this way. He had not. He laughed as well. But looking at it now, I can't understand how she would have that I thought I meant two Us in a row. If someone's last name is Little, I can't imagine they spell it out, L-I-double T-L-E. That seems clunky and odd. I'll just chalk this one up as a bizarre misspelling. But it's a funny one.