Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Redin' and ritin'

For some reason, it really annoys me when people pronounce the first syllable of my name with a short vowel sound: Kass- a- mā . Even more infuriating to me is to do that and skip a syllable: Kass- mā. The worse butchering is to use a harsh z sound, Kaz- mā. I'm not asking for much. I don't expect anyone to say my name with a Thai accent like the French expect people to pronounce French words in a Frenchy way. To me, based on the rules of spelling and phonics, there are two acceptable way to pronounce the first syllable of my name, either with a schwa or a long a sound: Kə- - mā or - -mā. Pronounce it any other way and you've created a lot of scorn and ire within me.

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