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Re: Bullough
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1434  Tuesday 17 August 1999.

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Monday, 16 Aug 1999 17:07:58 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1423 Re: Bullough

[2]     From:   Ching-Hsi Perng <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Aug 1999 10:08:16 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1423 Re: Bullough


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 16 Aug 1999 17:07:58 +0100
Subject: 10.1423 Re: Bullough
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1423 Re: Bullough

Louis Marder comments on how to pronounce Geoffrey Bullough's name:

>I would find out where Bullough lived in a Who's Who,
>write to the family, and ask them -  and that would end it all.

In the British TV situational comedy called "Keeping Up Appearances" a
woman burdened with the family name "Bucket" insists that it is
pronounced "Boo-Kay" (as in the bouquet of flowers or wines). Is she
necessarily right?

Given names are where we exercize personal freedom and family names are
where we recognize the claims of other speakers upon us, and in
particular where we remain marked by class. (Witness the Bott family in
Just William.) They don't call them Magdalen and Gonville & Caius
colleges for nothing.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Ching-Hsi Perng <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Aug 1999 10:08:16 +0800
Subject: 10.1423 Re: Bullough
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1423 Re: Bullough

>How do you spell fish?  " Ghoti"; gh as in enough; o as in women; ti as
>in nation.  I met Geoffrey but never thought to ask him how he spoke his
>name.

Back in college my professor of phonetics told me that the ghoti/fish
joke was invented by Shaw as an illustration of the irregularity in
English pronunciation.  That certainly holds true.

>Back to Bullough- I would find out where Bullough lived in a Who's Who,
>write to the family, and ask them -  and that would end it all.

Thank you.  I'll do that, and let you know if I'm successful.

Best,
Ching-Hsi
 

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