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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    Schwingenschwagl (they shorten it up to Schwing generally)
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    I had a math teacher called Gay Knox. I thought that was an interesting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    Also knew a lesbian whose last name was 'Faget' and she pronounced it the French way as 'Fah Jzay' but not sure others did. :P
    I'm reminded of this British show - [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_f84eteHLU&NR=1"]Keeping Up Appearances[/YOUTUBE]

    There must be quite a lot of people who, instead of changing their name, still try to change the pronunciation in hopes of making the best of it anyway. Well, if you do it long enough, it might work eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    There is a Canadian singer named Bruce Cockburn, also pronounced Coe-burn.

    He is actually a bit of a legend in Canada, so I think Canadians are quite used to his name and unlikely to titter and giggle. However, I can totally understand why people less familiar with the name would be amused by Cockburn.
    I'm Canadian myself and haven't heard of that dude. Or if I did, I wasn't aware of the spelling of his name.

    It's not so much the name itself that amuses me; it's the fact that everyone's seemed to have silently decided to pretend it says Coburn. I suppose if I'd been hearing it all my life I'd have just accepted it.

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    Josef

    I like it reminds me of my dream job:

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    There was a girl at my sister's high school who had the last name 'Hooker'. The worst part is, her parents named her 'Happy'. Talk about child abuse...

    There's a Phillies relief picher with the last name 'Bastardo'....poor bastard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blankpages View Post
    I'm Canadian myself and haven't heard of that dude. Or if I did, I wasn't aware of the spelling of his name.

    It's not so much the name itself that amuses me; it's the fact that everyone's seemed to have silently decided to pretend it says Coburn. I suppose if I'd been hearing it all my life I'd have just accepted it.
    Hm, I thought he was a bit of a legend. Maybe it's a generational thing if you're a bit younger (I don't know if you are!). He's not exactly young. *suddenly feels old herself*

    There's probably good reason for pronouncing it Coe-burn. There are a lot of names which have a silent component or are somehow not pronounced how you'd expect. But yes, with Cockburn that seems particularly, uh, practical.
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    There was an Indian girl at my highschool who's name was Vajaya Kant. Her family was always leaving her messages at the school so on an almost daily basis her name was read by the dean at the end of the day. One always knew when her name was coming up because the dean would slow down: "Bill Smith, Jodie Johnson, Melissa Summers...................... Vuh..... Jai....... Ya....... Kant........... Sven Jenson, Betsy Jones...."

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    This thread makes me sad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I knew an entire family of Dicks (surname) back at an old church. They were very nice. At least the husband's name wasn't Harry.
    I had a coworker named Harry Woodcock. What were his parents thinking?

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