Roanoke Times reader burned up by pronunciation of "Cockburn"


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/02/roanoake-times-reader-burned-u.html


#2

Pronunciation is inconsistent. Why is that? Must be the liberals.

I know this comment won’t be posted because this website is too cool and never wants to print the truth.

/s


#3

The Marquess of Cholmondeley disagrees


#4

It’s a slightly unfortunate name, but think of the easy name recognition! Ideal for a politician, no? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


#5


#6

Yeah, this stuff really burns my… uh, britches.


#7

Bless his heart.


#8

I think I have the best political name.


#9

From the replies there:

“You may believe they don’t print the truth but they do do print letters that reveal the ignorance of some.” -Frank Kallio

Right on Frank.


#10

Our area of VA is well known for bizarre pronunciations. Staunton is Stan-ton, Monte Video is Mont Vid-ee-oh, Mcgaheysville somehow gets an extra “ck” to be Mcgack-ees-ville. Why? No one seems to know. I seriously doubt her name is pronounced as it is out of shame, but because “It’s just how things is done in these here parts.”


#11

Or because it is how it was always done


#12

And for the record - its “Fa-Gee-Ta”, not “fa-he-ta” Our months are not “Hune” or Huly" and my wife’s name is not “Huedy” its “Jewdy”… :sunglasses:

ok, ok, I’ll see myself out…


#13

That’s how I knew this guy was a liberal.


#14

And yet I feel certain this wingnut has no problem with the way Bret Favre pronounces his last name.


#15

Think of how many words there are in the English language with silent letters, or letters that are pronounced very differently than they commonly are. Then consider that a person’s family name is his/her heritage, and you usually pronounce it like your grandparents did, and there are lots of “oddly” spelled and pronounced names.

So, this guy calls himself a “conservative”?


#16

Learned long ago that all pronunciation rules are off when it comes to names. Especially those from old Britain. Some examples:

Worcestershire = Wustesher
Featherstonehaugh = Fanshaw
Cholmondeley = Chumly

The list goes on.


#17

Balderdash!


#18

Conservatives sure do get butthurt over a little cockburn.


#19

Second CK?


#20

It’s not only silent, it’s invisible!