May 17, 2005

Quirk (kwerk)

One of my little foibles is that I hate to mispronounce someone's name. I won't remember it (I'm terrible with faces and names), but I'll absolutely work on the pronounciation until I get it right before forgetting it.

A couple of blogging friends have names that I'm sure I butcher, even if only in my mind.

Boudicca - I pronounce it "bow (like the front of a ship) dee-cha", and the emphasis goes on either of the first two sylables interchangably, for no good reason.

Prochein Amy - In my mind, I say "pro-cheen", rhymes with protein. Dunno if that's right or not.

There are others too, but mostly I can suss 'em out if I don't know right off how to say it. So there ya go, I fret over mispronouncing names. Weird, eh?

Posted by Ted at May 17, 2005 06:03 AM
Category: Square Pegs

These are my guesses:
Boudicca - Bodiqua.
Prochein - Pro-sheen. Like Indochine, or Prairie du chien.


Posted by: shank at May 17, 2005 10:56 AM

pronouncing names correctly is a good way to avoid embarassment and I'm a big proponent of that. I worked as a P.A. announcer for a pro hockey team for a while, a lot of odd names on every roster. It's usually the ones that look tame that really get ya. There's nothing worse than mispronouncing a player's name when they're sitting 4 feet from you in the penalty box. Rest assured that they will correct you in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Derek at May 17, 2005 11:05 AM

Boudicca: "Boo-DEEK-ka"
Prochein: "Pro-Chay'n" (the ' is there because it's not quite three syllables. Run it together quickly, like if you were drunk...)

And if you're ever curious, it's "Den-EE-ta" ;-)


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at May 17, 2005 01:18 PM

Denita, I never doubted about how to pronounce your name. I can say that now without feeling stoopid because I was already saying it correctly. :D

Posted by: Ted at May 17, 2005 06:14 PM

Opps, I was even saying Prochein wrong!!!! LOL!!! was not much help!

Posted by: Amy at May 18, 2005 07:28 PM

Ted--COOL! It's surprisingly rare for someone to get it right on the first try, despite what seems to be rather cut-and-dry phonetics. Three years later I still have neighbors that pronounce my name "Den-EYE-ta" or "Dih-NET-ta". For many years I had a kindly old lady who lived down the street from my childhood home, who insisted on calling me "DON-ee-ta".

To say the least of the myriad derisive derivatives... Just be glad "Ted" isn't hard to fob up or turn into a nasty insult... ;-)

As for the others, did anyone find out how they're actually pronounced?


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at May 19, 2005 12:31 AM
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