On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 8 21:30:01 EST 2003

--- Denise DeGraf <mustang at sonic.net> wrote:
> 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
> >explaining.
> 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...
I would pronounce it with the "a" sound as in "cat"
rather than "part". Wasn't the clergyman in Princess
Bride the Late and much lamented Peter Cook, a
brilliant comic actor.


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