If you like to eat at Vietnamese restaurants (or Thai restaurants), you've probably come across the name "Phuc." It's not pronounced in English as you might expect.
It's pronounced "fook," sometimes "phoop" or "phoo." The confusion stems from translating words that don't use the English alphabet into English. In fact, some restaurants even have fun T-shirts with sayings like, "It's pronounced fook."
Still, you can understand if Facebook took exception to the name Phuc Dat Bich, as an Australian of Vietnamese descent claimed. He said Facebook blocked him from using his real name.
He took to social media to complain about it. In fact, Bich shared his passport photo to prove this name is, in fact, Phuc Dat Bich.
Many media outlets around the world picked up his story and defended him. Some said his name is pronounced, "Phoo Da Bi."
However, some news outlets started questioning his claims. One reporter, also of Vietnamese descent, said he was initially a Bich supporter, although he noted that Bich is not a common Vietnamese name. Plus, Bich's passport photo appeared to be Photoshopped.
As it turns out, Phuc Dat Bich was a hoax. The guy behind it now says his name is Joe Carr (Joker), and said his prank began as a joke with his friends to fool Facebook.
His real name, according to reports, is either Tin Le or Thien Nguyen. His hoax may have inspired others. If you search Facebook for Phuc Dat Bich, there are a few profiles of people with that name.