Thursday, November 09, 2006

Can I buy a vowel?

On her site, Argotnaut has a little question as to how one might pronounce "abo." Screw that. I want to know how to pronounce THIS guy's last name:

"USOC vice president Bob Ctvrtlik, who is overseeing the bid process, said the USOC would leave it up to San Francisco to decide what second options it might have."

That's almost as bad as this guy:

Mr. Myxlplyx

2 comments:

Tavia Rowan said...

You are making a common mistake, thinking that one pronounces every letter written. If his name were spelled "Svertlik," you wouldn't be so confused. This is why it is torture to hear the English speak French.
Or, he got his name from one of these word verifications.

Andrew said...

This is one of the reasons I like German. Each letter has a sound and you pronounce it. Germans would spell it "orderv" rather than "hors d'oeuvre." Like the Germans themselves, Deutsch is ruthlessly efficient. That said, French is one of the lanugages I'm interested in adding to the "reportwar" at some point. But for the reasons you state, I'm afraid I'd suck at it.