ProNUNciation, not proNOUNciation

Written by hootenannie on September 29th, 2010

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

This, one of my favorite quotes, is by a man whose name I did not know how to pronounce – that is, until yesterday.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Now, I don’t sprechen no Deutsch.  So the fact that I’ve spent the last 10 years referring to this man as “Geth” is, on the one hand, understandable – and on the other hand, totally mortifying.

Sort of like yesterday at lunch, when I ordered the “tuna niçoise” salad – and right then and there, the waiter CORRECTED me.  “Not ‘ni-swahhhhh.’ ‘Nee-SWAHZZZZZ.'”

Well, es-CUUUUUZE.

4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sep
    29
    9:21
    AM
    Duane

    you had something other than an open faced turkey sandwich for lunch?!?

    scandalous.

  2. Sep
    29
    3:00
    PM
    Joey

    I just checked with every single Texan, and none of us know how to say “niçoise”. I don’t even know what “ç” is. Can one chicken fry “niçoise”?

  3. Sep
    30
    7:51
    AM
    Jodie@Velour

    Oh I love this!

  4. Oct
    1
    3:46
    PM
    Kate

    well how do you say that guy’s name? I’ve been wondering for a while too…

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