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August 05, 2002

Thoroughly Thoreau

On NPR there was a segment about Thoreau, since the anniversary of the publication of Walden is upon us this week. The commentator doing the story kept pronouncing his name as if she were saying "thorough." But then she'd pronounce it the way most of us have heard it when she'd say "Henry David Thoreau." I realize this is a small matter to be so rankled by, but it was truly obnoxious. So I check around for confirmation of the correct pronunciation, and damn it, she's actually probably saying Thoreau as "thorough" properly.

I had so wanted to be right. Still, I just don't know if I can bring myself to say his name that way. I just...can't!

Yours, &c., LC | 04:32 PM | Writing & Language