[DWJ] A revelation of Time City

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Mon Jul 17 21:11:17 EDT 2006

On Mon, 17 Jul 2006, Minnow wrote:

> Otter wrote
> > I always assumed Poul rhymed with [obDWJ] Howl.
> That's what I sort-of-thought (with a side bet on it rhyming with
> "soul") until I read someone, possibly Robert Heinlein, commenting
> that Poul Anderson's name was essentially impossible to pronounce
> correctly unless one had the same ancestry and upbringing as the man
> himself -- which I haven't.

I always assumed it to rhyme with Howl as well, until I came across...
I think it may have been the same comment as Minnow, although I'm
certain it wasn't Heinlein (but can't remember who it was). I remember
the bit about it being essentially impossible to pronounce without the
right background, but I also remember that whoever-it-was attempted to
describe it anyway, and I came away with the impression that it's
pronounced more-or-less as two syllables - Po ul - but squashed
together into into a single-syllable space.

(Incidentally, there's an old Doctor Who story with a character named
Poul, probably after Anderson, and all the characters pronounce it
"Pool". But there's no reason to assume they know something we don't.)

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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