On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Kyla Tornheim kyla at merlin.sccs.swarthmore.edu
Tue Mar 11 08:33:23 EST 2003

On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Ian W. Riddell wrote:

> You'd be amazed at the number of people in the U.S. that I've run
> into who see my first name and say "Eye-un" instead of "EE-un"

Well, that's odd. I'm unfortunately cynical enough about things here that
I'm not really surprised at anything where the simple answer can be
"Americans are dumb," but that's still odd.

Ian Ziering, of limited Beverly Hills 90210 fame, pronounces his name
"EYE-un," but that's the only one I can think of.

But, hey, at least that's an *accepted* pronunciation they're using.

Of all men's miseries, the bitterest is this:
to know so much and have control over nothing.

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