About names, again...

Philip.Belben at pgen.com Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Mon Jan 10 12:24:30 EST 2000


> Earlier there was a lot of praise for the choice of personal names, many
> of which seem to have historical/ethymological/mythological backgrounds.
> But has any of you ever been - even slightly - irritated or bothered by
> any particular name in any of DWJ's books?
> There is one that bothered me when reading Deep Secret - Odile, the
> supposedly Finnish receptionist in the hotel Babel. Odile is, definitely,
> the sort of name that no Finn - whether male or female - would ever
> have!!!

Thankyou for that information.  A great weight off my mind.  I have been trying
and failing to pronounce that name as if it were Finnish, and now you have
reassured me that there is no Finnish pronunciation to find.

Not that I know any Finnish.  I don't get beyond "Kullervo Kalervon poika"
(although I seem to remember the next line is something about "lapsi" ...) :-)

I don't think any of DWJ's characters' names really bother me, but I always
thought "Miss Cadwallader" in Witch Week was a bit over the top.  Surprisingly,
I always have difficulty pronouncing "Chesney" - whether the S is silent or not.
But it doesn't spoil my enjoyment of the book.


PS If I ever write a book (which will probably never happen), I am going to have
to find some way of including two Finns called Ismo and Osmo.  But tell me, has
it been done before?

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