Nov 8, 2014

My Starbucks Name.

If there's one thing that consistently gets lost in translation between the Australian and American accents, it's the way we each say 'e'.  On face value, this might not seem like much of an issue, but matters come to a head very quickly when you're in the line at a Starbucks in North America and the final stumbling block in your placing an order isn't that you want a grande fat free, super skinny decaf piccolo latte with a shot of sugar free hazelnut syrup (I made that up, you didn't think I'd seriously have that as my regular order at Starbucks, did you?  Then again.... ) but rather what to write for your name on the side of your cup?

I have quite a few 'eee's in my first name and when they come after an 'egh-l', you can tell that I was put in the Starbucks line to create disruption to the ordering process.  My name has been spelt 'La' and 'Laa' and it was only a matter of time that I was going to get myself a triple A 'Laaa'.  Which is why my Starbucks name came into being.

If I do say so myself, Lala is the perfect Starbucks name.  Four letter total, two repeated and legible in even the most messy scrawl.  As I'm usually on holiday when ordering at Starbucks, Lala also gives off that perfect vacation vibe.  Lalas embrace holiday hair, a messy bun at the nape of the neck with a pair of sunglasses perched high on their brows in lieu of a headband.  They wear Birkenstocks with everything and they always seem to have two more shopping bags than they can safely carry down the street.

Do you have a Starbucks name?


  1. hehe, my sister makes a habit of giving a fake name with every order when they ask for a name. It can be funny when she forgets what name she gave them though, or when it takes her a while to remember if it's her! Thankfully they seem to get my name right :)

    Away From The Blue

    1. I did forget I was called Lala once or twice while I was away...

      SSG xxx

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    1. I loved readings this, it made me laugh. I liver over here so anytime I use words with an e an a or an r confusion reigns. My no foam extra hot latte at Starbucks is often wrong. It can be frustrating especially at work and there are tims when I want to scream "I speak English", but of course I don't. Thanks for this post SSG makes me feel less weird.

  3. I've loved following your Starbucks name adventures on Facebook! A friend of mine has an usual name too and each day she posts the mixed up names she gets at Starbucks!

  4. I always get Luna when I spell Luan to them. I loved Luna in Harry Potter so I'm kind of fine with it.

  5. This cracked me up 😂 I have given a fake name before just for a laugh - think Lord of the Rings themed hahaha x


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