Monday, March 28, 2011

Lili's thought for the day

For the love of God, Asperger is an Austrian surname! Therefore ....... the "g" sound in it is a hard "g", isn't it? It's not a f***ing French name, it's an Austrian name, Austrian, no not Australian, Austrian (why do I bother?).


Socrates said...

Thank you Lil.

Lili Marlene said...

No worries.

Some lady wants me to believe her son has "Asperrrrggggers syndrome" and she doesn't even know how to say the name properly. Makes me wonder what kind of dick diagnosed the kid.

Dr. Nihil said...

Did you know, that even german-native-speakers don't know how to pronounce it? Some say 'ASperger, some say asp'ERger. Well, I prefer the first variant, it sounds stronger, with a lot of power in it. YEAH!

Lili Marlene said...

How did we ever put man on the moon? We can't even pronounce a surname properly.

AussieAspie said...

It is an Austrian name, but I believe it is of French origin...I've read it means 'sprinkled with water', but it is often quoted [erroneously] by religious types as meaning 'sprinkled with blood' (i.e. blood of Christ).

Sorry love, hate to disagree, but while it may be something which greatly assists our tormentors you'd have to look mighty hard to find a 'hard G' anywhere in the German language (as spoken in Austria) much as I hate the example being used 'burger' is the correct sound for a German G, a soft G.

** G is pronounced like:

> g in gum (when preceding a vowel)
> ck in pack (at the end of a syllable, or before s or t)


And the name 'Austria' is an exonym, a name used by foreigners but not by those who live in that country. It's called 'Republik Österreich' in German (Republic of Austria).


Lili Marlene said...

When G is pronounced like the G in the word gum that is a hard G. You appear to contradict yourself.

I have known someone with an Austrian surname that is very similar to "Asperger" and their family pronounce their name with a hard G. How does this bloke pronounce his own surname?

AussieAspie said...

Sorry, you've shown up my knowledge gap in pronunciation...and that Australia produces some awful teachers, because I was taught the wrong definition of hard/soft G (now noted and corrected) in school. Matt Perger uses what I was taught all those years ago (but as an Asperger...remembered vividly) was a soft g. But you're right, it's hard...right sound, wrong name.

When people pronounce Asperger using a G like in Germany or Gerbil, I always lose my train of grates so much.