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I’ll admit, I’d been saying “tay-gen” for years when referencing internet queen and model Chrissy Teigen. Some of my peers may have stumbled into “tee-gen,” but come on, it’s clearly tay-gen, right? Turns out we’ve all been living a lie, and Teigen has probably put up with years of last-name butchering like the saint she is.
Teigen’s admission came after some Twitter users shared a clip of two radio hosts discussing how they had been mispronouncing Ariana Grande’s name wrong all this time, with one user referencing how badly society has botched Teigen’s.
“Word,” Teigen tweeted this weekend. “Gave up a long time ago. Last name is tie-gen, not tee-gen.”
word! gave up a long time ago. last name is tie-gen not tee-gen https://t.co/M9EvS9pTrW— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018
She even posted a helpful video of herself pronouncing her last name, with confirmation from her mother echoing across the room.
Teigen also admitted that she had begun instinctually adopting the mispronunciation of her name after being worn down over the years.
I know. I even correct people when they say it correctly. it’s all v effed up https://t.co/aJkweIiL7H— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018
Clearly, the mispronunciation has taken its toll on her. “I don’t correct people, ever. They can call me Janet and I won’t,” she added.
I don’t correct people, ever. They can call me Janet and I won’t. Wrong order? I’ll eat it. Taxi going to the wrong airport? I’ll change my flight. https://t.co/eSZDvKRaRK— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018
Twitter users were quick to share their own tales of having their last names miserably botched.
I feel this tweet— GIPHY (@GIPHY) September 17, 2018
In my experience the human brain collapses under the strain of processing a last name that starts with i.— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) September 17, 2018
Yesterday I thanked an Uber for taking me to the COMPLETE wrong place and immediately payed for a different one— Ash Crossan (@AshCrossan) September 17, 2018
If you need more Chrissy Tie-gen in your life, you can try out her new Blue Apron line of recipes and eat your food rather than your words. She hasn’t been resting on her laurels one bit, either, with calls to send aid to victims of the Indonesian earthquake, calls for us all to stop praising her “epic clapbacks,” and even speaking at a Families Belong Together rally in early July while holding her infant son in her arms.
Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.