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  1. I sympathize with your plight. On the first day of class, I often get into arguments with my students about the proper pronunciation of their own surnames.

    I have a Wiegenbrand who pronounces not only the first consonant but the following vowel combo improperly. A lot of this is, and as you infer you’re coming from a similar position, the result of growing up in an area where traditional pronunciations are retained. I grew up with a lot of people named Drewes (DRAY-vess) as an example, along with a ton of Badenhops, Bischoffs, Krauses, and Meyers.

    Long story short, stick with it, I say. A little learning amongst the population about traditional pronunciation is a good thing.

    Comment by tim — 01/28/2008 @ 06:22:28 PM

  2. […] It’s hard to order a sandwich at Pax.  Is it Copen-hay-gen or Copen-hah-gen? [Population Statistic] […]

    Pingback by Midtown Lunch » Midtown Links (Midweek Champagne & Pork Roast Edition) — 01/30/2008 @ 11:33:11 AM

  3. You’re pronouncing it incorrectly. It’s Ko-pen-hay-gen.

    Comment by Koppenhaver — 02/05/2021 @ 12:22:06 PM

  4. Po-TAY-to, po-TAH-to, m’friend…

    Comment by CT — 02/05/2021 @ 07:48:33 PM

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