IRJE: “Pissing”

In Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, Pi disliked his name (Piscine) as a young boy because people would mispronounce it as “pea-seen” which sounds very much like “Pissing”. He stands up and tells his entire class he’s shortened his name into “Pi”. 

 

They could manage well enough the first syllable, the Pea, but eventually the hear was too much and they lost control of their frothy-mouthed steeds and could no longer rein them in for the climb to the second syllable, the seen. Instead, they plunged hell-bent into sing, and next time round, all was lost my hand would be up to give an answer, and would be acknowledged with a  

“Yes, Pissing.” (p. 23) 

 

This part of the book made me relate to Pi’s name. My name is Noam, and particular people who have heard of my name figured out that if you put a “G” Infront of “Noam” you can get something that sounds like “Gnome”. What makes these people even more brilliant is when they put “Garden” in front of “Gnome” they got “Garden gnome”. This made me chuckle because when I was in elementary school I became rather quickly annoyed when people would call me by “Garden gnome” instead of “Noam”. Just like Pi’s case where his real name is “Piscine”, but people called by “Pissing” instead. By middle school I grew to find the name funny and was never bothered by it ever since. 

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