[Dixielandjazz] Louie-ism vs Louis-ism
robert.smith at tele2.no
Sat Sep 23 14:49:38 PDT 2006
Hello, Rae Ann,
In his biography of Louis Armstrong, James Lincoln Collier says, talking
about Louis' mother: "Mayann called Armstrong Louis, not Louie, and
throughout his life he preferred to be called by the more formal title.
However, few people did, including his wives. It was always Louie."
The question is "Should foreign names be anglicised?". A Frenchman would
pronounce the name as "Louie".
In Norway we have a football coach with the forename "Aage" (it's actually
written Age where the A has a little circle over it). In Norway this is
pronounced "awgeh" (hard "g"). When he played football in England, the
English coach in a TV interview called him "aggie"
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