Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Fri Jul 26 17:39:17 UTC 2002

On Thu, 25 Jul 2002, Indigo Som wrote:

#>This reminds me. Some years ago a New Yorker named Okun (name derives
#>from Russian, where okun' designates the fish "perch") told me that
#>despite being Jewish, he was contacted as a college freshman by the
#>Catholic student group with an invitation to join. The letter was
#>sent in good faith under the mistaken assumption that his name is
#>Irish; it was addressed to him as O'Kun.
#My partner's last name is Ozawa, a reasonably common Japanese name. People
#sometimes try O'Zawa on her. Weird!

Ever since studying phonetics with John Ohala at Berkeley, I have
fantasized about a firm with three partners, one Japanese, one Irish,
and one Polish: Ohara, O'Hara, & Ohala.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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