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How to say my name

Matte (pronounced Mah-Tee) is a Hebrew name (Hebrew letters: Mem Tav Yod) that is often transliterated into English as Motti. My father thought that the letters 'o' and 'i' were feminine, so he replaced them with the testosterone-rich 'a' and 'e.' Consequently the way my name is spelled has little to do with how it is pronounced. Thanks Dad.

A variation that I like is Mah-di. This is mostly because it reminds me of that song by the great Slick Rick. "Mahdi, mahdi he likes to pahdi, he don't cause trouble. He don't botha nobody" or something like that. Also, people who use this pronounciation are generally smarter and better looking than the general population.

How not to say my name

Matt
I am fully aware that the word 'matte' is also an English noun meaning a decorative border or painted background. It's also an adjective meaning dull. In both cases, 'matte' is pronounced like the English name 'Matt.' This is an understandable pronunciation, if you're reading my name, have never heard anyone speak it, are a native English speaker and wish to insult me by calling me a border, background or dull.
Matt-Eee
I give these people credit -- at least they're trying.
Matthew
This is the one that boggles the mind. These people think that I misspelled my own name. Or perhaps they believe that the 'h' and 'w' are silent when written.
Mahn-Ne
A little known mispronunciation made famous by the mother of my college roommate's girlfriend (now wife) who thought that I was her personal computer help desk. She'd call up and my roommate (her now son-in-law) would answer the phone. "Is Mahn-Ne there?" "Um . . . yeah." He'd cover the receiver, hand the phone to me and mouth "I think it's [name redacted]." She'd never even say hello to her future son-in-law. I'd pick up and hear "Mahn-Ne, my computer's broken." Now I am no computer whiz. But back then simply owning a computer made you an automatic guru. No matter how much I probed for useful information, she only ever got as specific as . . . let me take a moment to make sure I use the correct technical jargon . . . "something's wrong." My solution was always the same: reboot and call someone else next time.
Mah-Tay-O
No one calls me this yet. It is just on the list as a preventative measure. A guy with a name like mine can never be too careful.
Mahd-Day
Often said like a greeting in a frat house.
Mah [pause two beats] tay
I hear the culprits are working on a way to introduce mid-syllable pauses. Can't wait to hear what they come up with next. "Ma [pause] ht [pause for 4 Mississippi's] t [pause] t [start a little beat boxing and the rolling the rest Bobby McFerrin style] e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e" Add some clicks in there and I could be in "The Gods Must be Crazy".
Marty or Monty
Understandable. I mumble sometimes when introducing myself. Also, I used to explain my name to people as "like Marty without the r" until my freshman philosophy professor explained to me that there was nothing like Marty without the r. Philosophers enjoy being vague. I should have been a philosopher.
Dude or Chief or Buddy or Sport or Champ or Guy or Man or My Man or You
As in "Hey John. Hey Scott. Hey Dude."
Mmmbrlxttiemmm
A surprisingly common mispronunciation centered in the reluctance for people to make a reasonable attempt at my name. Generally a solid 'M' is heard followed by a string of unrelated consonant sounds. This mispronunciation is dedicated to my former boss who used to introduce his team as "This is John, Scott and [a sudden coughing and sneezing fit would overtake him forcing him to cover his mouth] Mmpxl8rte." I guess he was allergic to my name.

Personal

Lives in San Francisco. Married to a lovely baking lady. Father to an impossibly adorable little girl. Listens to way too many hours of podcasts. Believes reading is fundamental. Probably should shave right about now.

Professional

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