I’m currently watching the DVDs for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Lena Headey is on some of the commentary tracks. She introduces herself at the start of each episode she commentates, pronouncing her name as follows:
Bwah?! I’ve been rhyming her name with “head” for years and years, and I’m not the only one. Last week Mr.Skin was on Howard Stern and they were talking about her Walk of Shame scene in Game of Thrones, and all of them (mis)pronounced it like I did.
Any other names out there you mispronounced forever until you heard the person say it themself?
Properly, it’s a straight “tuhron”, “t’ron” or even “tron”, *no-one *in South Africa pronounces that first phoneme like the ones in “this” or “thin”, since “th” in either form isn’t an Afrikaans phoneme at all. The whole name is inherited from French but mangled to Afrikaans tastes
Not a personal name, but the capital of South Dakota is Pierre. It’s not pronounced at the name by locals, but as one syllable, PEER. I didn’t know that until recently, in my head I always said PEE-AIR.
Until just a couple of days ago, I was never sure how Michael Learned, the mother on “The Waltons”, pronounced her first name (mainly because I never really cared). I had assumed it was just a fancy way of spelling “Me-Shell” (Michelle). But look up an interview on youtube and it is “Mike-al”. Wiki says that her parents never explained why they gave her a masculine first name.
Joan Baez said a few years ago that virtually everyone mispronounces her last name because “Time” magazine told its readers wrong when they did an article on her in the early 1960s. Apparently it is closer to “bees” but she is used to the “bi-ezz” people use.
It’s German, and the “oe” sound is a close-mid front rounded vowel. It’s the same sound as represented by the umlauted “ö.” You round your lips as if saying “oooooo,” but you kind of say something like an “ih” or “eh” sound. To me, the closest approximation is the “oo” in “book” of most English dialects. Or pronounce “GER-tuh” without the “r”. For whatever reason, most Americans, at least, pronounce it as “GER-tuh,” with the “r.” With British non-rhombic accents, the r is “pronounced” in the sense that it colors the preceding vowel, but no actual rhotic consonant is said.
As for the “the” part, German does not have the “th” sound of English, and that digraph represents a plain “t” sound. And the terminal “e” is usually pronounced in German, as well