... the alternative to Seif Lotfy

As stupid as it sounds I do get frustrated when people get my name wrong.
It is Seif Lotfy (here is a wikipedia link for the meaning and pronunciation of Seif).

I hear and read some mispronunciations and misspellings of SEIF like:

  • Sief
  • Siev
  • Safe
  • Save
  • Seiv
  • Sif

Also my last name LOTFY keeps being misread, thus resulting to:

  • Lofty
  • Lofti
  • Lotfi
  • Loufty

Now I can not  blame people for misreading and mispronouncing it. It is an Arabic name but sounds like taken from a Star Trek character. I had some funny encounters when trying to introduce myself. Here are some reactions I get:

  • Ah is this your real name?
  • OK this is your IRC name what is your real name?
  • Oh seif as in SAFE... (stupid examples varying from safebox to safe sex)
  • Bless you! (I swear that happened at UDS)
  • WTF?
  • HAHAHAHA you cant even pronounce your last name (stupid drunk barkeeper)

So to end these occurrences i decided to adopt a new alternative "hacker name"...

STEVE LOFTY


So for anyone who has issues with my name please refer to the the alternative. I will work on reacting to it. You can now even contact me under:

Thanks for your tolerance...

Steve Lofty (Seif Lotfy)