Thursday, December 09, 2010

In Levittown did Irving Kahn ...

Today's contest: Help the Newspaper of Record write a mnemonic to avoid future corrections like this one:

A television review on Oct. 25 about “In Treatment,” on HBO, misspelled the surname of the actor who plays Sunil. He is Irrfan Khan, not Kahn. (A reader pointed out the error in an e-mail message this week.)

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Anonymous Mark said...

That's better than what I read in the newspaper I worked for many years ago. It was an article about the Shaw of Iran.

10:44 PM, December 09, 2010  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

It would have to cover Ghandi, errrr Gandhi, too.

Maybe: In Indian words, the H never goes where you expect it to?

5:46 AM, December 10, 2010  
Anonymous Mark said...

I had a Hindu Indian friend as a roommate while I was at school. I noticed that in some words he pronounced the h. So Delhi was something like del-hee. Would an Indian pronounce Gandhi as "Gand-hee"?I don't know whether that's normal or not.

8:06 AM, December 10, 2010  
Blogger Brian Cubbison said...

"h after a for Germanic names like Madeline's; h before a for Asians like Irrfan and Genghis (plus Montalban)."

7:57 PM, December 10, 2010  

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