Post by Don Bruder
Post by Lawrence Watt-Evans
On Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:57:03 -0700, Joe Pfeiffer
Post by Joe Pfeiffer Post by Lawrence Watt-Evans
CZ is more or less equivalent to the English CH. It's a single sound.
I wouldn't have transcribed it as Z, though.
The two people I've known with names starting Cz (Czarnecki and
Czerniac) have both pronounced their names starting with a "Z" sound
as in zap or zowie. But neither of them are immigrants, so that may
well affect the pronunciation.
On the other hand, I think everyone I know pronounces Czech as "check".
You know, I may have confused the Czech and Polish rules. Oops.
Wikipedia agrees with you, however. Czarnecki and Czerniac may have
changed the pronunciation of their names to be more in accordance
with local rules of orthography, "ZAR-neck-y" instead of "char-NETZ-ky".
There was a US chess grandmaster named Fedorowicz who played so
many European tournaments that he gave up and started calling
"Mutilation" of names that way seems to be pretty common - As a personal
ferinstance, when my 4xgreat grandfather got off the boat at Ellis
Island, he did so bearing his franco-swiss name "Genoud". Which, so far
as anybody can figure out, was almost immediately mutated by a
semi-literate immigration clerk into the form my maternal grandmother
bore: "Shinew" - pronounced exactly as you're likely to guess based on
the spelling. A pronunciation nearly identical to that used by an actual
frenchman named Genoud who came to one of our family reunions.
A grade-school principal I had wore the monicker "Borowicz" - which he
pronounced "Bruhv-idge" - two syllables, rhyming with "bridge". Quite a
few who encountered it first in written form referred to him as "Mr.
Borowits" until they actually heard him say it.
If the door is baroque don't be Haydn. Come around Bach and jiggle the Handel.