Tuesday 30 October 2018

”What was the name?”

....said the assistant when I collected my prescription this morning.

This logically would expect me to say:
“Who’s name?”
To which she might say, “your name”. (Ah. That’s better.) And I could go on to tell her:
“Well, the name was Browne with an e. Then it was Garrood. Does that help?”
It wouldn’t. Help, I mean.
And then there was the second question:
“What was the address?”
Logical answer:
“Well, the address was Bleak House, Coppenhall, Stafford.”
And that wouldn’t help, either.

Because my legal name isn’t Garrood any more, and neither do I live in Staffordshire. So why don’t they ask me what my name and address ARE?

That’s all. As the meerkat says: simples.

(I know this is common usage nowadays, but I just want to know why. That’s all.)


  1. Like you, I am always tempted to respond with my maiden name and parents' address when someone asks me like that. And every time I need to ask someone's name, I ask what their name IS.

    1. Good for you, Meike! (I'm still trying to email you, without success. Do you have a new email address?)

    2. No new email address, Frances. I did get your email and also replied to you.

  2. You really do make us think about this kind of thing, Frances - and that's good!

    1. Thanks, Rosemary. The trouble is, I do it too!