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strangely pronounced names

December 6, 2014

I’ve only just discovered that the name of the children’s writer Angela Brazil is actually pronounced Angela Brazzle, courtesy of an article by Ysenda Maxtone Graham in Slightly Foxed. Well I never did. I have a bit of a fondness for names whose spelling and pronunciation are at odds – Cholmondeley being pronounced ‘Chumley’ and so on. It seems a peculiarly English quirk. PG Wodehouse obviously also enjoyed this sort of thing, because in one of his stories there is a character called Mapledurham ‘(pronounced “mum”)’.

Anyway, now I’ll have to get used to thinking of Angela Brazil as Angela Brazzle. Actually, while we’re on the subject of pronouncing children’s authors’ names, did everyone know that the surname of Sylvia Waugh (author of the brilliant Mennyms series) is pronounced ‘Woff’?

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  1. sucram trebor permalink

    and what do the villagers of Mapledurham, just NW of Reading, have to say about this?

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