Several names I've struggled with are...
- Franchot (-ought or -oh?) Tone
That quote was taken from Joe's "In the Spotlight" Over There....May 31, 2007.Miss G, when Dvorak was asked how to say her name, she told The Literary Digest: "My name is properly pronounced vor'shack. The D remains silent. I have had quite a time with the name, having been called practically everything from Balzac to Bickelsrock."
"Ming"???? Well, there's one I can't work out linguistically. Was that his given name, or a nickname? I do recall some British TV show where someone called Menzies was correcting everyone who said "Men-zees," saying they should pronounce it "Men-ees." Language is a funny thing, and given names are generally the funniest part.charliechaplinfan wrote:I'd concur for the first two. It sounds ridiculous but unless TV has taken liberties with the pronunciations, that is how I believe they are pronounced.
Menzies as in the Scottish male Christian name is pronounced 'Ming' crazy isn't it. The leader of the Liberal Democrats was called Menzies Campbell, I wonder how many times he has to correct mispronunciation.