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Old 05-28-2009, 05:45 PM   #46
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She's seeking a very high office in an English speaking country. If she really does insist on the Spanish-sounding pronunciation of her name, that is an entirely valid issue for opponents of her nomination to raise. Certainly, a presidential candidate who insisted on something similar would be held up for scrutiny.
Someone liking the correct pronounciation of their name is now an issue? Wow...

Our language is filled with words from other languages, so only a true American would be someone who mispronounces all of them?

This is the silliest thing I've heard in a long time, thank you
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What's wrong with that? Certainly part of it must be out of love and respect for her father, who died when she was a kid.
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Can we say her middle name 'cause sometimes that's off limits?
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Someone liking the correct pronounciation of their name is now an issue? Wow...

Our language is filled with words from other languages, so only a true American would be someone who mispronounces all of them?

This is the silliest thing I've heard in a long time, thank you
'Insist' is the operative word here. If I emigrated to a different country and people used a different pronunication to my name than what I was used to , I'd go along with it quite frankly. I'd see it as very arrogant to insist on the 'correct' pronunciation.
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'Insist' is the operative word here. If I emigrated to a different country and people used a different pronunication to my name than what I was used to , I'd go along with it quite frankly. I'd see it as very arrogant to insist on the 'correct' pronunciation.
America is a country of immigrants and the English language consists of words borrowed from almost all languages. She shouldn't be considered a foreigner, that IS arrogant.
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Can we say her middle name 'cause sometimes that's off limits?
Very good.
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'Insist' is the operative word here. If I emigrated to a different country and people used a different pronunication to my name than what I was used to , I'd go along with it quite frankly. I'd see it as very arrogant to insist on the 'correct' pronunciation.
I completely disagree.

My name is my name, it's a huge sign of disrespect for people to pronounce it anyway they want. Because I am a pretty relaxed person, I never correct anybody who mispronounces my last name, but I have found that most people will ask how to pronounce it properly because they're decent and polite.

I will never forget the first time I went to work at my law firm and a very senior partner gave me an assignment and in the process asked me whether he was pronouncing my last name correctly. I said "oh don't worry about it, it doesn't matter, I don't really mind" and he said to me "it absolutely matters and don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:19 PM   #53
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The European ethic is for immigrants to fit in to their host countries rather than the other way around. But fine, the American ethic is very different and I probably don't take account of that.
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I think she will be up there closer to Roberts


but here is a question

do we need 6 Catholics on the Court?

We will only have one Christian and two Jews, who knew?

Since when is a Catholic not a Christian? Catholicism is just a much a Christian religion as Protestantism.

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Among the "Christian" right here in America there are quite a few that don't think Catholicism is real Christianity, I think Deep was making a reference to that.
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Among the "Christian" right here in America there are quite a few that don't think Catholicism is real Christianity, I think Deep was making a reference to that.
Ah, I see.
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'Insist' is the operative word here. If I emigrated to a different country and people used a different pronunication to my name than what I was used to , I'd go along with it quite frankly. I'd see it as very arrogant to insist on the 'correct' pronunciation.
'Insist' can have varying degrees of severity. She may 'insist' on it by simply politely providing the correct pronunciation when it is mis-pronounced, or she may insist on it by demanding the mis-pronouncer stop and repeat after her. We don't know. We certainly don't know enough to call her arrogant, nor do we know enough to bring it up as an actual argument against appointing her.

As someone with an "ethnic" sounding last name, I find myself often pronouncing my last name to other people, simply because they look at it and either have no idea where to start, or look unsure of themselves, though many will simply ask how it's pronounced. I don't consider it arrogant to politely give the correct pronunciation when someone looks to be unsure on it.

My dad, on the other hand, loves to stop us mid sentence and correct us when we don't pronounce a word or someone's last name correctly, and yes, that does come across as arrogant.
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Considering the current conversation, the thread title just got pretty funny.

I've had people say my name with the incorrect pronunciation: uh-LISH-uh, or like Alyssa, or even uh-LEE-see-uh, and I will correct them because while other people called Alicia might pronounce their names that way, I do not.

My name is Alicia, pronounced uh-LEESH-uh. I would like my name pronounced correctly, because it's my name.

(Growing up in central Wisconsin, it seemed like no one knew how to say it, and one day I asked my mom why she picked my name. She said "Because Alice was too boring." Gee, mom. You didn't get very far into the baby name book, did you? )
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Since when is a Catholic not a Christian? Catholicism is just a much a Christian religion as Protestantism.

try google
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