Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What's in a Name

A nice thing I've noticed about living in an area with many Spanish speakers is that they pronounce my last name right. My last name is not Spanish, it's Italian--or rather, it is an Italianized version of a Jewish last name (and therein lies a story). We lived in pretty white-bread places during my childhood, so I grew up having my name misprounounced by clueless grown-ups and mocked by classmates who knew exactly what they were doing. But Spanish speakers get it right the first time almost every time. It's kind of refreshing.


cheesehead said...

Yes, a culture that understands the penultimate syllable stress rules would be helpful with a multi-syllable name.

Fortunately, I don't have that problem. Unfortunately, people still ask me how to spell my five-letter, one-syllable, common-man's-first-name last name

hipastorzwife2B said...

Mine is an ordinary name, i can just be spelled 29 ways. Glad you are being pronounced correctly!