Mom got in my face at the gate over the mispronunciation of both.
Can't make this stuff up folks. Forget the creative spelling of common words and names if you ever want it over a PA system.
You know, I rarely say anything remotely mean spirited on-line, but I have to say, that mom has got to get a freaking life. Really. If you are going to insist on using non-intuitive spellings (which is your right and privilege) you LOSE your right to get in someone's face about it. Really. What a maroon.
But ... I am kinds of proud I got it right, even if I did it by using a different alphabet base.
Yea - if you're going to come up with "creative" spellings, then expect creative pronounciations. It's your own fault.
My guy Dheacon's name is pronounced like a church deacon. His breeder just added the extra silent "h" to a lot of her homebreds' names to make them unique. Most announcers get it right, but one pronounces it D-Con -- like the rodent killer. I can't blame him though -- he's just trying to make it unique like the spelling.
And give the announcers a break anyway. For example, the REAL Portia's name seems pretty simple -- POR-sha -- that is, if you're Italian or you're into the classics. But if you're Spanish, it's a whole different thing -- Porr-tee-a. I can't blame any announcer at a show in Texas for thinking the Spanish pronounciation might be correct.
"I don't want to sound like a broken record here, but why is it that a woman will forgive homicidal behavior in a horse, yet be highly critical of a man for leaving the toilet seat up?" Dave Barry
That's too funny. The least people with creative spellings can do is add a parenthetical pronounciation tip to help the announcer. If not, they risk the announcer resorting to what one did when faced with a rider with a difficult to pronounce first and last name who kept showing up without offering any clues: "Next in the ring is number 283, Fashion Forward, ridden by Jane Doe, for lack of any pronunciation tips."
I had a TB hunter mare (grey) who's registered name was Dodacia (by Joncia out of Little Dodit (sigh)). The pronunciations I got!!! I said DoH-Day-Sha, but I got DODA-SEE-A,
DOH-DASH-EEYA, DOO-DA-CEE-AH, etc., etc.
The one time an announcer actually pronounced it "correctly" - as I pronounced it, and then came out with SONORA, instead of Sandra for MY name. ROFLOL My last name is Hispanic and ALWAYS mispronounced, so I'm over THAT.
I'm waiting excitedly to see how our young horse's name gets butchered. It's not really too off, but I've heard several pronounciations already and she's only 4. We didn't choose it, the breeder did. And, we kind of like it.
Any guessers? Not really that hard.
I think I have actually seen Karen spelled that way before - I'm trying to remember where.
(findeight - don't mean to hijack - but I think this is a great thread)
I get using a foreign name for a horse, but don't make up some crazy spelling just because it looks cool! Especially for your kid! All it's going to do it cause them embarrassment when no one can pronounce their name correctly.
Oh, for goodness' sake. If you're going to invent a crazy spelling for a word/name, expect crazy pronunciations.
I ride a mare called Irish, and I'd like to show her as "Tir na nOg" (it's Gaelic). How would you pronounce that? How many people actually KNOW the correct pronunciation? I may go with the second choice if it's too unlikely that the first name can be pronounced. (Second being "Queen B." Guess what the "B" stands for .)
I ride a mare called Irish, and I'd like to show her as "Tir na nOg" (it's Gaelic). How would you pronounce that? How many people actually KNOW the correct pronunciation?
I had a great uncle fluent in Gaelic-I'm sure he was pronouncing correctly. Not a particularly attractive sounding language. I saw the spelling too...and would not even try Tir na nOg. Fact it looks like a typo. You are going to get Tiranog, if you are lucky. Nobody is going to know what it means anyway...except, maybe, my great uncle would have but he's long gone.
Maybe you can find something a little easier in Gaelic? I've seen some in song titles that would be pretty smooth.
Queen B is overused and everybody knows what the B stands for, wouldn't use it even if it is easy to say.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.