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Thread #119246   Message #2585383
Posted By: Martin Graebe
10-Mar-09 - 05:47 AM
Thread Name: Pronouncing Karpeles etc
Subject: RE: Pronouncing Karpeles etc
Steve

Funnily enough, I wondered about adding something witty about pronouncing my own name. The family was split on the topic. My Grandfather and both of my uncles favoured a pronunciation as if it ended in 'ee'. My dad said it as if it had an 'r' on the end, closer to its original German (my great-grandfather came from Hanover)- now all of the UK branch that I know do it that way.

Spelling it has been more of a problem. At one time I started to stick the mis-spelt adresses from envelopes on a piece of A3 paper on the back of my office door. When the A3 sheets occupied the full height of the door I gave up. It was the ones with 'z's and 'x's that got me.By the time I get past the spelling I tend to let the pronunciation go.

Martin Graebe