MISPRONUNCIATIONS OF MY NAME + THE REAL PRONUNCIATION + URBAN DICTIONARY MEANING + REAL MEANING.

Accurately explaining my name to people on the phone is by far the greatest challenge I face as a journalist.
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    Zena
    As in ... Xena the warrior princess? πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Sure, I'll take that.
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    Ziva
    Hope this doesn't go viral because it sounds like a sister virus to Zika 😷
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    Reva
    Like that electric car I'll never own. πŸ™…πŸ»
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    Zeeba
    Great name ... for an annoying insect maybe! πŸ•·
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    Zebra
    OK, I get it when people misspell it in text as Zebra, because most of them reply to say it was autocorrect. But this one time a guy called me Zebra on the phone and seemed intrigued by it too, and asked me how I had come to be named that. πŸ˜πŸ”«
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    Sheeba
    I can't even ... πŸ’†πŸ»
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    I'll admit, there are days when I'm just too tired to explain or spell it out, so I just let them call me Sheeba or whatever and go with it. πŸ˜“
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    But it gets real annoying if I have to call them back for further comments or something, because then I have to be like - "Hey, this is Zeba ... err ... I mean, Sheeba. We spoke last week?" That feeling... πŸ”₯πŸ˜‘πŸ”₯
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    For the record, it's pronounced Zay (as in Ray from Ray Rice)-ba.
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    My mum named me after the late Pakistani actress Zeba Bakhtiar, who she was a big fan of.
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    Sadly, there is no wacky meaning for it on Urban Dictionary. It defines Zeba as beautiful, amazing to look at, eye candy, etc. 😎
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    The real meaning is slightly less awesome than that. Zeba is an Arabic and Persian word meaning "graceful" (which is exactly the opposite of what I am. Sorry, mom.πŸ™„)