09 January 2006

How to spell and pronounce Leta

I don't get this. Two of my e-mail addresses contain my first name as part of the address and yet I get e-mails from people - people who have met me! - that start "Dear Lita." WTF?

So, just to help everyone out it's L-E-T-A, like, say, Low Elevation Target Acquistion. (I have begged our engineers to name a project that and so far, they're resisting. Kill joys.)

And it's Lee-tah. Not Let-uh. Lisle Liesl (Lee-zuhl), naturally, is also acceptable.

And my friend Liza in Georgia? Liz-uh, not Lie-zuh. (Sorry, Ms. Minnelli.)

Spread the word. You could be saving a life. Really.


Anonymous said...

Funny, I'd pronounce "Lisle" to rhyme with "aisle", same as the socks. If I heard the name, I'd be inclined to give it the German spelling of Liesl/Liesel, as in The Sound of Music.

I suppose that's what happens when your parents give you a "creative" or "interesting" name. But you probably don't have to identify yourself with more than your first name - no "Leta from the front desk". Unlike the Daves/Davids/etc. in your life. ;)


Liza said...

I've been reading an excessive number of baby name books and web sites, so I would pronounce "Lisle" the same way as "Liesl" or "Liesel" or "Leesle" or "Leesel" or "Lisyl" or any other way that you can imagine phonetically spelling the name of the oldest daughter in The Sound of Music.

And on a random, related, and somewhat appalling note, in 2005, Aiden, Jaden, Kaden, Caden, and Hayden are all in the top 100 most popular boys names. Aiden was #1, and two of the others were in the top 25, although at the moment I can't remember which two.

That said, thank you Leta! I so appreciate it when other people preemptively help get my name pronounced correctly. :)

While it is true, I don't have to say I'm "Liza from the front desk," I do have to explain the pronouciation almost every time I meet someone. Usually, they hear my name, wrinkle their brow in concentration, and ask "Leeza?" (Or Lie-zuh, or Lisa.)

And then I smile and shake my head, "Liz-uh, like 'eee-liza-beth'." There's a hand gesture that goes with the breakdown of Elizabeth, but it's hard to articulate in writing. And then I usually offer that I will answer as long as I think the person is talking to me.

Welcome back Leta! I'm glad I'm not the only person whose name is bewilderingly misspelled, in spite of being part of the text of my email address.

Jim A said...
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Jim A said...

When she got married, mmy sister lost the last name Agenbroad and got the last name Yenča. I think my toast concluded with "And here's to spending less time spelling your name out over the phone, at least if you don't explain the haček."