Saturday, September 04, 2004

How do you pronounce half a K? (diary)

I met a guy a couple of weeks ago (well, actually, I had met him a year earlier, but only see him once a year) whose last name started with a "Kn". I read this off his name tag, so I didn't actually hear how he pronounced it. I know that "Knorr", the soup company, pronounces the K ("Kuh-nohr"), but names like "Knight" and "Knox" use silent Ks.

So I asked him, "Is the K silent?"

He replied, "Half my family pronounces it, and the other half doesn't."

So the next time I saw him, I said, "Hello, James-with-half-a-K."

Unfortunately, he only got it after I reminded him of our little conversation.

Oh, well. It amused me for a couple of minutes.

- RG.

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