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weather: mostly cloudy
outside: 7°C
mood: mildly annoyed
Am I the only member of the Please-Pronounce-Dr-Seuss'-Name-Correctly Crusade?

*crickets chirp*

*sigh* Looks like it.

It's German. It rhymes with "Joyce". He pronounced his own name "Zoyce". There is only one way to pronounce a person's name. And that's "exactly the way s/he pronounces it".

It's the ultimate disrespect to insist differently.

Your head goes on a kebab stick if I hear you say "Dr. Soos" in person.

wintersweet gave me the fantastic idea of retorting with "Sigmund Frood". =)

The other one that annoyed me for a while was "Arnold Schwa_zenegger". But I'm not sure about this one anymore. I could have sworn, someone I knew had dinner with him on a trip to LA. He brought back a personalized autographed 8x10 or took a picture of his cement square in front of Graumann's (I can't remember which now). It had only one 'r' which was on the end. I remember it because we joked that "he spelled his own name wrong" for a while. But this picture is the only good one I could find and it looks like there is an 'r' after the 'a'.

Maybe he did spell his own name wrong just that once. I wouldn't put it past him. *shrug* =D



Jul. 9th, 2003 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Pronouncing people's names they way they do it, even if it's nonsensical...
I had a coworker named John Nguyhen. I am from Miami and Toronto and have had many different cultures and tongues to contend with, using only my caucasian abilities. Politely, I asked him how he pronounced the name on his nametag on the first time I met him (after he introduced himself as simply, "John"). He freaked out on me like I've committed some crime and said "'When.' The name is pronounced 'when.'" I really think that, fine, I may have been a tad naïve and perhaps I should have asked another coworker of ours instead of Mr. Nguyhen himself. But, c'mon! 'Nguyhen' = 'when?' That was just too much for me to handle.
Jul. 9th, 2003 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Pronouncing people's names they way they do it, even if it's nonsensical...
I totally sympathize. Vietnamese has one of the most unintuitive phonetic systems I've ever seen from an English point of view.

Not to confuse you further, but I was told it was "ven" (as in "Venn Diagrams"). It's probably something in between or it could be different depending on which of the two dialects of Vietnamese he speaks.
Jul. 10th, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
Re: Pronouncing people's names they way they do it, even if it's nonsensical...
After he said, "The name is pronounced 'when,'" I repeated it with the way I pronounce the word 'when,' which sounds like 'wen.' He repeated 'When' until I pronounced the "h."

Ay, geez.

And you're right-- he's very much Vietnamese.


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