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To pen name, or not to pen name?


Last updated 6/9/2021 at 9:31am

I have the kind of last name that people struggle with. Salter is pronounced like it looks ("salt with an E-R," as my mother puts it), but many have found a multitude of ways to mispronounce or misspell it. I've been called "Slater" countless times and had my name spelled "Saulter" on receipts. Once at an airport, an employee read passenger names from a list before people showed their boarding passes and entered the plane. When it came to me, the employee said, "...Mr. Slaughter?"

I blinked, wondered if I could make a joke of this and decided not to risk it in an airport. I showed my pass a...

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