True Story. A few years ago I went to New York to see family and was being introduced to the North American side of the clan and all the various younger cousins and kin folks. One particularly pubescent girl gave me a winning smile and said ‘Hi, my name is Shelivya’. I thought at the moment my mind as well as my hearing was playing tricks on me so I asked her to repeat and sure enough it was not faulty auditory wiring. Her name really was pronounced ‘She-live-yah’. me being the joker that I am, remarked “Where she live again? Over deh so?” For some reason they never found my wisecrack funny.