Wingnut Quote of the Day


Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits. Putting the emphasis on the final syllable of Sotomayor is unnatural in English (which is why the president stopped doing it after the first time at his press conference), unlike my correspondent’s simple preference for a monophthong over a diphthong, and insisting on an unnatural pronunciation is something we shouldn’t be giving in to.

If we pronouce someone’s name as they pronounce it, we’re giving in to something?


2 responses to “Wingnut Quote of the Day

  1. Oh, absolutely. We shouldn’t have to learn to spell anyone’s name either. In fact, she should have to shorten it. Soto is a perfectly good name. Or she could use Mayor and it could sound more comfortably Anglo. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Everyone could change his or her name to Smith. I think that guy is onto something.

  2. Zen, excellent, point, but like you, Soto is too ethnic, Mayor is too confusing for people who don’t know who their city’s mayor might be. And everyone using the last name of Smith might be too confusing to people as everyone would have the same last name. We should add Jones, Johnson, and Smithson to your list.

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