On names, changing them, and pronunciation
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
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