Friday, January 25th, 2013

How Should We Pronounce That Name, 'New York Times' Obituary Writer Margalit Fox?

From Shulamith Firestone’s obituary: "The family Americanized its surname to Firestone when Shulamith was a child; Ms. Firestone pronounced her first name shoo-LAH-mith but was familiarly known as Shuley or Shulie."

From Paul Roche’s obituary: "The author of several well-received volumes of poetry, Mr. Roche (pronounced 'rawsh') taught over the years at colleges and universities throughout the United States, among them Smith College; the University of Notre Dame; Centenary College in New Jersey; and Emory & Henry College in Virginia, where, his family said in a statement, 'He used to wander stark naked through the woods carpeted with violets.'"

From Giorgio Tozzi’s obituary: "At his death, Mr. Tozzi (pronounced 'TOT-zee') was a distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he had taught since 1991."

From José Argüelles’s obituary: "Originally an art historian at Princeton and elsewhere, Mr. Argüelles (pronounced "ar-GWEY-es") was known afterward for books like 'The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology' and 'Surfers of the Zuvuya: Tales of Interdimensional Travel.'"

From Hugh Prather’s obituary: "An aspiring poet with a cache of rejection slips, Mr. Prather (pronounced PRAY-thur, with a soft 'th') sent the journal on impulse to a small publisher with limited distribution capabilities and no national advertising budget."

From Gitta Sereny’s obituary: "A resident of London who had lived most recently in Cambridge, Ms. Sereny (pronounced "suh-REE-nee") was long considered one of the foremost investigative journalists in Britain."

From Huguette Clark’s obituary: "In the hospitals, Mrs. Clark, whose given name is pronounced hyoo-GETT, was attended by round-the-clock private aides and surrounded by the fine French dolls she had collected since she was a girl."

From Brent Grulke’s obituary: "Mr. Grulke (pronounced GRUHL-key) was South by Southwest’s creative director, a post he had held since 1994, when the festival presented some 500 bands."

From Beate Sirota Gordon’s obituary: "The daughter of Leo Sirota and the former Augustine Horenstein, Beate (pronounced bay-AH-tay) Sirota was born on Oct. 25, 1923, in Vienna, where her parents had settled."

From Else Holmelund Minarik’s obituary: "The first of many books by Ms. Minarik (pronounced MIN-uh-rick), 'Little Bear' appeared in 1957 as the inaugural title in the I Can Read! series."

From Arthur Lessac’s obituary: "Over the years, singers flocked to Mr. Lessac, whose name is pronounced LESS-ack, with saxlike accentuation of the first syllable."

From Antonio Tabucchi’s obituary: "Mr. Tabucchi (pronounced ta-BOO-kee), who was also a scholar of Portuguese literature, divided his time between Lisbon and Tuscany."

From Salvador Assael’s obituary: "Mr. Assael (pronounced ah-sigh-YELL) was known in particular for creating the modern market for black pearls, which had traditionally languished in the shadow of their brilliant white cousins."

From Linda Riss Pugach’s obituary: "In the years since, the strange romance of Mr. and Mrs. Pugach (pronounced POOH-gash) has seldom been far from public view."

From Gerre Hancock’s obituary: "(His given name is pronounced Jerry.)"

From Keith W. Tantlinger’s obituary: "(The family name is pronounced TANT-lin-gurr, with a hard 'g.')"

From Dino Anagnost’s obituary: "Mr. Anagnost (pronounced ANN-ug-nahst), who succeeded Mr. Scherman as music director in 1979, conducted the orchestra in more than a thousand public concerts, appearing at Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall and elsewhere."

From Stephen Huneck’s obituary: "(The family name is pronounced HYOO-neck.)"

From David Rakoff's obituary: "For his incisive wit and keen eye for the preposterous, Mr. Rakoff (pronounced RACK-off) was often likened to the essayist David Sedaris, a mentor and close friend."

From Stanley H. Biber’s obituary: "A former Army surgeon, Dr. Biber (pronounced BYE-ber) was among the first doctors in the United States to perform sex changes and for years was one of only a handful to offer them."

From Sam Chwat’s obituary: "Mr. Chwat’s very surname foreordained him for the phonetical life: It is pronounced 'schwa,' like the vowel sound ('uh') symbolized in dictionaries by an upside-down-and-backward 'e.'"

Previously by this writer: The Mystery Of The 1969 Naked 'Esquire' Photo Shoot

Elon Green is a contributing editor to Longform.

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sventurata (#4,205)

Yes, but how do we pronounce "Margalit"?

Lcanon (#240,865)

@sventurata The 't' is silent, as in harlot.

ennaenirehtac (#11,592)

@sventurata Having the name "Margalit" probably sensitizes you to correct name pronunciation for the rest of your life.

Another good reason never to die. Or, if circumstances call for it, to do so in utter obscurity.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

De mortuis nihil nisi rectum.

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