[ANSTHRLD] Pronouncing names
tmcd at panix.com
Thu Aug 25 14:53:11 PDT 2005
"How are you spelling that?"
It's a BBC Online article about people with names that get
mispronounced. Of particular interest is the middle,
Sandra Dodd from Albuquerque, New Mexico, calls herself "Sanndra";
people from New York call her "Sarndra", people from Texas call
her "Sa-endra". To some of her friends, however, she is
Ælflæd (pronounced "Elf-led").
Dodd is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose
members take part in medieval and Renaissance role-play. This
means taking on medieval names - another name she considered was
Having an unusual name in this context is obviously not a problem
for her. "Anyone who is fluent in Middle English knows how to
pronounce it," she says.
The names of some of her fellow members have actually gone beyond
role-play, she says. Some have decided they actually prefer their
medieval name in real life - one member, previously known as
Robert, changed his name to Cathyn, a name which dates from the
It touches on a few more topics than pronunciation and SCA names.
Danielis de Lindocollino
Tim McDaniel; Reply-To: tmcd at panix.com
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