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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rockwilders and Datsuns

One of the things I have to sometimes snicker and shake my head at is the way that many people butcher the names of certain breeds.  It's even more amusing and pitiful if the client actually owns that breed!  And having practiced in many parts of the country, I can't say that it's localized to one region. I can somewhat understand that people may have a problem with some names, as many breed names are from countries that don't have English as the primary language.  But these people usually are completely confident in what they call the breed and are completely ignorant of the proper name.  Let me give you some examples....

Rottweiler--I commonly hear them called "rockwilders", which butchers the name in so many ways.
Dachshund--I've heard both "datsun" and "dash-hound"
Shih-tzu--Oh, don't get me started on this one!  "Shit-zoo", "shee-zoo", and so many other mistakes.

I'm sure there are others that I haven't heard or just can't recall.  Really, it gets humorous until you realize that the people are completely serious.

Anyone have other examples of breed names you've heard people mess up?

12 comments:

  1. http://littlevet.blogspot.com/2009/10/mispronunciation.html

    Classic....

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  2. how do you pronounce Shih-tzu? I've heard it pronounced so many different ways I don't know which is correct!

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  3. i don't know if it's a british thing, but since moving to scotland i've heard several professors (mostly english) say cha-hoo-a-hoo-a (rather than chihuahua). maybe it's an inside joke.

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  4. I have pics of my dogs (tervuren and malinois) on my screensaver at work. One day the UPS guy walked by my desk, pointed at my computer and said, "Oh look, it's a Barvarian Tarvarian!" He knew he had totally mangled it and we had a good laugh.

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  5. I remember the druggie DJ from WKRP in Cincinnati calling a "chihuahua" a "chee-who-ah-who-ah" in one episode. Of course it was a joke by the writers (Johnny Fever was a stoner, after all), but I blame his character every time someone mispronounces "chihuahua". :)

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  6. Alaskan Husky is one I get a lot. That's not a breed that I know of-maybe it's a cross between a husky and alaskan malamute? Also Australian Blue Heeler. Usually its called a blue heeler or an australian cattle dog.

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  7. No really, if it's not Shit-zoo, how DO you pronounce Shih-tzu? _Well, I pronounce it more like "shitsoo," but which is correct?

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  8. It's pronounced like "shee-tzoo". The "shih" is pronounced as the first syllable, and the "t" is the first part of the second syllable, blending with the "z".

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  9. This is a long running debate, but Shih Tzu is properly pronounced as Sheet Sue. Also, Shih Tzu is Shih Tzu whether singular or plural. It is NEVER Shih Tzus.

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  10. "Sheet sue" is a common American pronunciation, but isn't necessarily the only proper one.

    http://www.aolsvc.merriam-webster.aol.com/dictionary/shih%20tzu

    http://www.answers.com/topic/shih-tzu

    http://inogolo.com/pronunciation/d1772/Shih_Tzu

    http://www.canismajor.com/dog/shihtzu.html

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  11. Dachshund is actually badger dog, but ehh.

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