On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Denise DeGraf mustang at sonic.net
Sat Mar 8 14:44:19 EST 2003

johanna danced around singing:
>Yeah, I like a lot of names that are adapted from (or come directly from,
>if not too overly outlandish) fantasy novels, but the thing is, to me they
>all -sound- like they do. And I know I'd spend even more time & energy

I think that if my partner's name sounded directly out of a fantasy/sf 
novel, it wouldn't be quite so bad.  His first name is Parrish -- and it's 
pronounced with "ah" instead of an "eh" for the first vowel, which is much 
harder to say with a Californian accent than it looks.  So I always get two 
responses:  1) wow, where did that name come from? and 2) why is it 
pronounced that way?

Come to think of it, where is Parrish pronounced Pah-rish instead of 
Perish?  I figure on an international list like this one, *someone* must be 
able to say it the way his (American) family does.  I can almost whisper it 
correctly.  When I try to say it in my normal speaking voice, sadly, I 
sound like the Impressive Clergyman from the Princess Bride movie.  Not 
exactly romantic...

Denise DeGraf ~*~ http://www.sonic.net/mustang/moggy
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