When I introduced my friend Wes to the proprietor of my favorite Chinese restaurant, the owner greeted him enthusiastically, saying, "Welcome, West."
Wes shook his hand and smiled despite the mispronounced name. All through the meal, the proprietor checked to make sure "West" was pleased.
Finally, Wes corrected him, "It's Wes, not West."
"West, not West?" asked the confused man.
Wes smiled patiently and nodded. "Yes," he said, "Wes, no 't'."
"Ah," said the proprietor as he walked away with our teapot.