Goethe (was: Which and Falaqa)

Thom Harrison THarriso at MAIL.MACONSTATE.EDU
Fri Dec 6 13:40:41 UTC 2002

I've known people of the name Goethe and the similar Goette in the
southeastern U. S. who pronounced their names, respectively, "Gertie" and

Thom Harrison

-----Original Message-----
From: Fritz Juengling [mailto:Friolly at AOL.COM]
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: Goethe (was: Which and Falaqa)

I always cringe when I hear 'gur-tuh.'  The vowel of 'good' I think is a
enough approximation for an English speaker.  I have also heard 'Getty.'
the German writer have relatives who settled that little town in Penn that
gained fame in the CW?

As far as street names are concerned, 'Couch' street in Portland is 'Cooch,'
altho many people, esp out-of-towners, rhyme it with the piece of furniture.

> << Unless they're pronouncing the name of the street in Chicago, which
> (I'm told) is something approximating "go-EE-thee", not "GUR-tuh".
> larry
> >>
> My father was a professor of German at the U. of Chicago. He didn't have a
> car, so once when he went to an event in the posh North Side neighborhood
> of
> Goethe St he took the bus. He was careful to give the bus driver the
> German pronunciation of the street name. It took considerable discussion
> before the driver comprehended that he wanted to get off at go-EE-thee
> street. - Allan Metcalf

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