db.list at BYU.EDU
Mon Dec 6 19:13:41 UTC 1999
Given that my name does*n't* sound like the name of the rather more famous
David Bowie, i've learned to take my name being mispronounced in stride.
Still doesn't explain multiple telemarketers calling and asking for what
sounds to me like "David Botha", though.
 FTR, his last name is [bo.i], mine is [bu.i]. To drag this back on-topic
for the list, i've been told that there's a north-south difference on the
island containing Scotland and England (is there a name for that island) for
my last name, where in the north it's [bu.i] and in the south it's [bo.i],
but i haven't been able to verify this.
David Bowie Department of English
Assistant Professor Brigham Young University
db.list at pmpkn.net http://humanities.byu.edu/faculty/bowied
The opinions stated here are not necessarily those of my employer
From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU>
: Although she is proud of her Sicilian heritage, my wife (the former
: Carol Guagliardo) finds some comfort in not hearing the disasters of
: her name now that she is a Preston.
: She reports some modifications that even suggested that speakers
: looked no further than the first two or three letters.
: >I believe our dear Brett Favre was born and raised in Mississippi
: >and brought his unusual pronunciation with him. Certainly, Green Bay
: >residents stumbled over the pronunciation in the early days, just as
: >other people still do.
: >French names are not the only ones with a variety of
: >mispronunciations--we don't even want to get started Spanish names!
: >As a high school student of Spanish I and II, I was shocked to hear
: >La Junta, CO, pronounced with the English J!
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