Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Donea, Pronounced!

"So, ummm...how do you say that?"  Do you think about name pronunciation when you're creating your characters?  Do you shy away from hard-to-pronounce names?  Or do you find a way for the name to be explained within the words of your story?  I remember pronouncing Hermione as Her-me-own, all through the first couple of Harry Potter novels.  I don't think it was until the first movie came out that I had a clue.  And I should know better.  I have this issue with my own name, ALL the time!  So, I thought since today is 'D' day...and in case you were interested at all?  :)  Here's how you pronounce my name:


DOE
+
KNEE
+

"UH"

*Emphasis on the "ee".  All together now!  Doe-knee-uh = Donea.   Easy, peasy - right?  :)  Short and sweet today.  Have a great day of writing out there!!

35 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

I like the pic to spell out you name.

I figured that's how you pronounced it. It's unusual. Is it a family name, or did your parents make it up?

The Happy Whisk said...

Thanks. Now I know how to say your name.

Ju Dimello said...

Loved the doe :) and the way you helped us learn the pronunciation.

Following you from A-Z challenge!

J.L. Campbell said...

Good word and pic lesson. I'd have replaced your 'uh' with an 'ea' and gotten into your bad books.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Since my first name is difficult to pronounce correctly (and spelling it right is out of the question) I am very sensitive about the pronunciation of names. I like how you used visuals!

mooderino said...

So that's how you say it. Yes, it's always annoying when a weird name appears, especially in fantasy books. It's only when they make a film you realise you've been saying it wrong all these years.
-mood
Moody Writing

Carole Anne Carr said...

Great! I was wondering.. :0)

Jessica Bell said...

haha! Thank you, I've actually been wanting to ask you this! ;o)

Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomporph

Myne Whitman said...

LOL...that made me smile.

Elena Solodow said...

Very helpful, as I was saying "Doe-nay-ah" in my head.

Jess said...

I'm with Elena--I was saying Doe-nay-uh as well. Woops! Thanks for the clarification! And, my goodness, thank you for the Hermione confession. I thought I was the only one who head-pronounced it that way before all the hype and the movie came along...my fifteen-year-old still makes fun of me for it :)

vbtremper said...

Yay - now I know how to pronounce your name! I don't like mispronouncing people's names, even if it is only in my own head. It just makes me feel bad.

I did the same thing with Hermione until I saw the first Harry Potter movie. Because, really, how would we know otherwise?

Thanks, Doe-KNEE-uh!
-Vicki

Bish Denham said...

I must confess, I wondered. Now I know!

Margo Kelly said...

Love the pictures. :) Sometimes my reading pal and I argue about the correct pronunciation of characters in the books we read together. ha.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Great post! Know we all know.

Susanne Drazic said...

Great break down on how to spell your name correctly. I always thought it was doe-nay-a.
: )

Michelle M. said...

here today via A to Z blogging challenge. Love the way you used the pics to give us the correct pronunciation of your name. I've always liked to think that authors wouldn't be too angry if you got it wrong in your head. When my son (now 20 yrs. old) was in 3rd grad and his teacher mispronounced Hermione, he corrected her. Was I embarrassed when she told me at parent teacher conf. night.
http://meanderingwithmiche.blogspot.com/

Tundiel said...

Ha! Loved the visual pronounciation lesson!

Dafeenah said...

Oh no! I have been pronouncing it incorrectly and I should know better especially since no one pronounces my name correctly either!! I thought it was Don + EE + Yuh

Duh-FEE-Nuh

Laura M. Campbell said...

Pronunciations can be tricky. I struggled with Hermione as well. When I name my characters, I focus on the meaning of the name, linking it up with their personality. Good luck with the challenge!

Keena said...

What a gorgeous name. People have had trouble pronouncing my name as well. I thinkit's pretty straight forward. (Key-na)

baygirl32 said...

love visual pronounciation! prehaps I'll give it a go?

Ann Best said...

The Doe is perfect. I had pronounced it Dawn.

I do simple names with characters. I have a certain hangup with mames. We didn't give our daughters middle names because my mother named me Rita Ann, called me Ann, and when I started kindergarten they called me Rita. Didn't know who I was LOL. Confusion.

And then what happens. My middle daughter, whom I take care of, was Jennifer then wanted to be Jen. And we often call my third daughter Stephanie, Steph (f sound). So...what can I say!
Ann Carbine Best’s Long Journey Home

Arlee Bird said...

Okay, I got your pronunciation right. I tend to use pretty basic names when I write--John and Mary sort of thing. So far I've haven't felt an urge to come up with really unique names other than I had one character named Delight, but that's easy to say.


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Better is Possible said...

Hello Doe knee uh. I enjoyed your post. I'll be back.

Trisha said...

I always want to know how to pronounce names properly. I figured yours was more like do-NEE-a, as in the "do" in "dominant".

Bossy Betty said...

Ohhhhhh!!!! I get it now! Thanks for the pronunciation lesson.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I love the way you spelled out the pronunciation of your name. My nick name is Doe so I especially liked that part.
Happy E day:)

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Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

Doh!

Sarah Mäkelä said...

I think it depends on where the character is from. If my character is from another country, heck yeah I'll go with the foreign name, but I don't make up hard names just because I can.

Kari Marie said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I totally was pronouncing your name wrong in my head.

Rachael Harrie said...

Ah, great post, thanks for that. Must admit, I changed one of my character's names because it couldn't be pronounced - looked great on paper, but I didn't want issues like that ;)

Hugs,

Rach

Carol Riggs said...

Yay me! I've been pronouncing it right. LOL ;o)

Shellie said...

Too cute you are!

Jeanne said...

OK I was wondering how to say your name. THanks for the visual cue.