Nurse’s mind blown as mum tells her she’s been pronouncing the name Liam ‘wrong’

Nurses mind blown as mum tells her shes been pronouncing the name Liam wrong
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A nurse has recounted the time she called out for a patient named Liam in the waiting room only to get a shock when his mum told her she’d been saying his name incorrectly.

When it comes to name pronunciation, it’s no secret that there are some incredibly complicated names out there.

Then there are the more common names, that most people have no problem saying out loud.

However, every now and then it seems there’s a crossover between the two, as a parent takes a popular name and decides to alter the pronunciation – but keep the spelling the same.

One woman has recounted an awkward situation she found herself in after getting a child’s name wrong.

Taking to TikTok, the nurse admitted that she’s bad with names but didn’t think she could butcher the name Liam after she saw it on a patient’s file.

Nurse spelling out the name Liam on TikTok
The name was spelt L-I-A-M (Image: lindseymfoster/TikTok)
She said: “I’m a paediatric nurse and I’m from the deep, deep south, so I butcher everybody’s name.

“If it’s not something super simple like Ben or Sally, I’m gonna butcher it.

“So, I see a kid’s name on our computer and I say ‘Oh, Liam, I got this. L-I-A-M. Liam. Easy’.

“I go out, call the kid’s name, nobody moves. Call him again. Nobody moves. Call him again nobody moves.

“Finally this mum stands up and says ‘Do you mean ‘Yum?’

“And I say ‘No, Liam?’ and she said ‘Yeah, it’s short for William’.”

The nurse gesturing that her mind is blown on TikTok
The mum said it was short for William (Image: lindseymfoster/TikTok)
Lindsey finishes the video by doing a mind blown gesture, adding “boom”.

Her clip went viral, being watched more than three million times and garnering over 196,000 likes.

Thousands of people also commented, with one saying: “My son’s name was Liam. His new name is Yum.”

Another replied: “As a mum of a Liam, I am perturbed.”

Others began sharing unfortunate and amusing names they’d come across.

Someone else said: “Had a student named Justin, last name Case. He said ‘My mom thinks she has a sense of humour’.”

“Had a patient named L-A, I called for LA. Mom quickly informed me it’s pronounced Ladasha and did I not see the dash? Ummm ok,” added a different user.