My usual response to that is "However you like". Its pronunciation and spelling floor most Brits. (Which is ironic, since it's French for that most common of British names, Smith.)Originally posted by Jim Maloney:
Dave Le Fevre (btw, how is your last name pronounced?)
Todd, isn't the "H" silent in French:Originally posted by Todd Karr:
Robert-Houdin: In French, it's row-bear hoo-da (the last sylable is a nasal vowel sound pronounced like "Dan" but without an "n."). In English, you can pronounce it like the French or else say the final "n" as in "Row-bear Hoo-Dan."
I read somewhere that he deliberately named the board game that way to underline how his name should be pronounced.Originally posted by David Alexander:
Dusting is correct. Scarne pronounced his name "Scar-nee" even naming one of his games "Scarney" - same pronunciation, different spelling.
You have that one backwards. East coast folks say "Day", as Herb Zarrow does on his recent video on the Z shuffle.Originally posted by INFANTINO:
Is it Day or Die (I think if you're from the West Coast it's Day, if you're from the East Coast it's Die...but WHY?)
Yes, you are right, if you know to pronounce beer in french, that's say "bire", it's the same for Arnold.Originally posted by Magicam:
Re "de Biere," I always pronounced "biere" just like I would for the French word for beer. Is that correct?
I'm not French (born in England, English father, German mother), but I have a French surname to which I give a French pronunciation.Originally posted by Richard Hatch:
I'm not sure Arnold de Biere's name should necessarily be given a French pronunciation, since he was clearly not French himself.....