Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Loser

I was browsing photos over at Mr. C's Photography and saw this photo (click here).

It made me laugh, because I was driving around town recently and saw a car with a personalized license plate that said "Loser." No, really! My reaction was "What? Who would pay extra to put *that* on their license plate?!?"

Turns out the person who owns the "Loser" car works with my husband (! - what are the odds?!) and pronounces the name "Lojher" ... or should that be "Lozhier" ...

... how *do* you spell that soft "j" or "g" / rough "z" or "s" sound in the middle of a word? Like in vision?

... Lozier didn't seem to capture it -- seems like that z would be pronounced as in "zoo" and you'd say it "Low-zeer" or perhaps even with a french-style accent, like "Low-zee-aay," and that isn't it. We're looking for the "ur" sound at the end. Maybe "Lowzhur"? That seems like too many consonants in a row...

...bear with me here...

Ok I looked it up, and phonetically spelling it requires some weird greek symbol. I give up. I guess that's why she hasn't bothered to try to change the spelling of her last name...

Still, I'm thinking that if I were her, I wouldn't put it on my license plate!!

5 comments:

Mr. Condescending said...

That was a GREAT story haha! Lozhier hahaha.

I also ran into a man with the last name "Cockmouth" but it was pronounced "cockmuth"

SkylersDad said...

I worked with a guy last name of Weiner, and his parents had the gall to name him Harold.

That's right, he grew up tough on the playground getting called Harry Weiner.

Gaston Studio said...

Maybe she just craves attention but she's probably getting the wrong kind.

Like the car tho.

Kim Ayres said...

I used to know a guy who ran an art gallery who's name was Tony Crook. I can't imagine he would have benefitted from a personalised plate either :)

Kim said...

I was driving and saw a personalised number plate "Nazi" and was wondering WTF? Next day in the newspaper it turned out that it was a shortening of the persons name, but she had to change it...