QUOTE(maggiemay @ Feb 3 2012, 08:43 PM)
QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Feb 3 2012, 01:36 PM)
Many years ago I recall a problem when the product 'Vick' was going to be launched in Germany, they had to call it 'Wick', otherwise it would sound like a naughty word.
And I understand that the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud was originally going to be marketed as the Silver Mist.
Unfortunately in Germany, mist (or misst? / mi?t possibly? - someone may like to correct this if I'm wrong) means something else and they had to rethink the name.
(wonder if that will come out on a forum post!)
(ed, no, it didn't)
yup. Mist is dung.
I can't say "brawn" for Braun - it just feels wrong to do so.
Menzies/Mingies - actually there are some families who do pronounce it Men-zees - in the neck of the woods in which I work, I have to ask which pronunciation people want. There is also the name Lamont, which people persistently pronounced La-mont
, where locally it'd be pronounced Lamment, with the stress on the first syllable.
More Scottish ones - Cockburn....co-burn, and Milngavie.... moo-guy. On the other hand, Scots also pronounce "wh" with a blowing noise, so that where and wear sound different from each other.
At the moment I have fun and games with our many immigrant patients' names - I found a website which will generate for me a pronunciation for anything Polish I care to throw at it, but we also have many Africans: sometimes I find myself rehearsing a name three or four times before attempting to produce it in the waiting room: one time I got the very surprised reply, "hey, that was rather good, do it again".....but couldn't