Pronouncing names (was Re: dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #749)

minnow at minnow at
Fri Nov 14 18:55:09 EST 2003

Sarah wrote of her exchange with Otter:

>>> Groening rhymes with complaining.
>> Otter replied: Oooooh, thanks.  I never _did_ know how to pronounce it.
>And that's the example Mr Groening gives himself. I like the fact that
>he chose 'complaining' of all words. Could have been 'straining' or
>'raining' or 'maintaining'... no, he picks 'complaining.'

And later:

>What's bad about 'Groening' rhyming with 'complaining'? It would be
>worse if it was pronounced 'groaning,' which I've seen people try to do.
>I don't mean it's pronounced 'gromplaining'! *^.^* It just has the same
>'aining' sound.

I had assumed he was used to people saying "Groening" as if it were spelt
"groaning", which goes very well with complaining, and that's why he chose
"complaining" as his example.  Does that make sense?


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