Date: Sun, 8 Jan 1995 13:27:49 GMT+1200 From: Tim Behrend Subject: (Fwd) Re: Euphonizing (?) proper names Forwarded message: From: Self To: Chris Brooks Subject: Re: Euphonizing (?) proper names Date: Sun, 8 Jan 1995 13:26:50 Chris Brooks , writing on Sat, 07 Jan 1995, asks: > Is there a name for (there MUST be!) proper names which are pronounced > differently from the way we would pronounce them according to their > spellings (sorry)--because spelling pronunciations would result in an > embarrassing, low-class, or objectionable word? I don't know what the word you are looking for is, or even if there is one, but I have an example to add to your list. My sister-in- law's birth name was Hoare, and when she was introduced to the family there was great emphasis put on the "correct" pronunciation of OR, not the obvious pronunciation based on the spelling. There's also the cartoon teacher on The Simpsons, named Kruh-BOP-uhl (i.e. Crabapple) My own surname was moderately productive of slurs in elementary school (Behrend - - > Bare End, hahaha), but I've always wondered what families named Fuch and Fuchs do? I've seen the name frequently in print, but have never heard it pronounced in English. Tim Behrend University of Auckland