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« Topic Start: June 09, 2007, 07:46:18 am »

Two Sundays ago, Weekend Edition did an audio postcard on the Caisson Platoon of the Old Guard.  I sent in a reply.  Liane Hanson read it last Sunday:

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She even pronounced my name correctly.

It was a little chilling.

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« Reply #1: June 09, 2007, 07:47:17 am »


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« Reply #2: June 09, 2007, 07:59:43 am »

Not working - help!

I'll just link the page: Letters.

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« Reply #3: June 10, 2007, 02:25:55 am »

I'll just link the page: Letters.

Very cool!  Not to mention very eloquent.

Congratulations for making it onto the air.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4: June 10, 2007, 09:26:17 am »

Very cool!  Not to mention very eloquent.

Congratulations for making it onto the air.   Cheesy

Thank you.  It was a very emotional thing to write about, so that brings the writer out.  Liane is the orator, not me. Wink

I made it on to Talk of the Nation once, after waiting on hold for like 20 minutes. Tongue

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« Reply #5: June 10, 2007, 08:22:14 pm »

I'll just link the page: Letters.

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On a more positive note, Roger Stranc of Lumberville, Pennsylvania wrote:

"Given that I am ex-army, I can say that your treatment of the subject was tasteful and eloquent, not only of the horses but of their occupation.  Sometimes, tradition - however musty and worn - is a lifeline for those in need.  Indeed, tradition gives life to those who have felt it taken away. Perhaps the horses know this; certainly the soldiers of the Old Guard do."

That isn't the whole thing - she left out my being a horseman.

But I think it stands well.

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« Reply #6: June 10, 2007, 11:17:22 pm »

She even pronounced my name correctly.
Very cool (the whole thing, not just having your name pronounced correctly - though as the possessor of a last name that people often screw up, I know that having someone do it right it a bigger deal than some folks might think).

So how do you pronounce it?  It looks pretty straightforward to me; am I missing nuances, or should I be asking "how the heck do people mess that up?"  (How = in what way, not why.  I know you don't know why.)

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« Reply #7: June 11, 2007, 06:59:34 am »

Very cool (the whole thing, not just having your name pronounced correctly - though as the possessor of a last name that people often screw up, I know that having someone do it right it a bigger deal than some folks might think).

So how do you pronounce it?  It looks pretty straightforward to me; am I missing nuances, or should I be asking "how the heck do people mess that up?"  (How = in what way, not why.  I know you don't know why.)

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It is deceptive; Polish = no rules. Cheesy  It rhymes with France.  They specifically ask on the feedback form how to pronounce your name.  I have had exactly two people in my lifetime get it right the first time.  Much more often, people assume I don't know how to spell my name and change it. Roll Eyes

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« Reply #8: June 12, 2007, 02:15:55 am »

It is deceptive; Polish = no rules. Cheesy  It rhymes with France.
Aha - I was indeed missing a nuance.  I blinked at what you were saying at first, then realized that if I imagined a "z" at the end, it fit with certain of my experiences of eastern European nomenclature.  (I'm not re-spelling it for you; it was just a tool to help me make sense of it.  I put the "z" back in my toolbox when I was done <insert angel emoticon here>.)

It's more esthetically pleasing than the way I had been hearing it.

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« Reply #9: June 12, 2007, 06:14:14 am »

I have had exactly two people in my lifetime get it right the first time.  Much more often, people assume I don't know how to spell my name and change it. Roll Eyes
(I was in a bit of a hurry when I posted before; now I can finish my thoughts.)

I've got a much better track record than that for people getting it right the first time.  Just as well; it's plenty aggravating as it is.

I've had the odd, er, discussion with people who thought they had some insight on spelling or pronunciation greater than being born with the damn name and knowing its history!  Not often, though - OTOH, mine is actually quite straightforward and the only reason I can see why anyone has trouble with it is that they have some kind of internal preconceptions that cause them to want to add sounds (if they're looking at it written and trying to pronounce it) or letters (if they're hearing it and trying to write it down).  My dad usually doesn't even say it anymore, just starts spelling, because once people've heard it, the preconceptions kick in.

Baffling.  It's Egger, and pronounced exactly in accordance with the rules of the English language (though it's Swiss).  Now, what the heck is so hard about that?

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« Reply #10: June 12, 2007, 06:57:53 am »

Now, what the heck is so hard about that?

Nothing - two "g"s = a hard consonant, right?

Swiss?

Got chocolate? Smiley

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« Reply #11: June 12, 2007, 07:18:49 am »

I've had the odd, er, discussion with people who thought they had some insight on spelling or pronunciation greater than being born with the damn name and knowing its history!  Not often, though - OTOH, mine is actually quite straightforward and the only reason I can see why anyone has trouble with it is that they have some kind of internal preconceptions that cause them to want to add sounds (if they're looking at it written and trying to pronounce it) or letters (if they're hearing it and trying to write it down).  My dad usually doesn't even say it anymore, just starts spelling, because once people've heard it, the preconceptions kick in.

I routinely have people pluralizing me.  Woods.

Now, both Wood and Woods are common enough last names.  Either exists.  but damn it, there's only one of me and you should be grateful I'm not plural!

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I really hate getting pluralized.  can you tell? Cheesy
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« Reply #12: June 12, 2007, 07:29:53 am »

I routinely have people pluralizing me.  Woods.

Now, both Wood and Woods are common enough last names.  Either exists.  but damn it, there's only one of me and you should be grateful I'm not plural!

ahem.

I really hate getting pluralized.  can you tell? Cheesy

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I've got a much better track record than that for people getting it right the first time.  Just as well; it's plenty aggravating as it is.


I've never understood the problems people have had with my name, but I got used to it.

First name: well known in North American culture.  Second name: one syllable, one vowel, no doubtful phonemes (I would have thought).

But somehow in my life I have gotten used to being written down as Marlene Chan so often I've actually considered just starting out that way, in spite of a distinct lack of Asian features.

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« Reply #14: June 12, 2007, 08:53:41 am »

(General reply.)  You know, I'm beginning to be glad I married into the second most common last name in the US.  LOL  Every once in a while, someone will ask, "Just like it sounds?", but I haven't really had any problems with it for the most part.

Everyone wants to add an H to the end of my first name, but that's understandable since with-H is the more common spelling of the name in my area.  (In first grade, I actually had friends who tried to tell me I didn't know how to spell my own name because everyone knew that there should be an H on the end.)
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