Shellondra (no joke--this actually happened--at the UA SHC
Even when I started working at my current place of employment, one of my managers called my Shay-luh for about a month. At one of my previous jobs in college, my boss´ boss (with whom I admittedly did not work with very
often) called me Chee-luh for an entire semester when I was in his class even though I had worked in his office for two years.
It´s ok. I´m used to it. I´m usually genuinely surprised when someone guesses correctly. Cheh-luh. That´s how you say it. Yes, like a cello but with an a. Yes, I get that a lot.
When I go to restaurants or places where I have to give my name, I always use Rachel, my middle name, to avoid confusion.
My coworker Marvin
started jokingly/affectionately calling me Sheh-lay-lee. I never dreamed this was a real word. Indeed, it is. Thought I´d share.
shil·le·lagh /ʃəˈleɪli, -lə/
Also, shil·la·la, shil·la·lah, shil·le·lah.
–noun (esp. in Ireland)
a cudgel, traditionally of blackthorn or oak.
1670–80; < Ir Síol Éiligh town in Co. Wicklow;
the adjoining forest provided wood for the clubs.
From Irish Gaelic sail (cudgel) + éille (leash, thong)
I went to Wicklow back in 08.