Actually, Boehner is properly pronounced something like "Beurner", not "Boner".
I know a Dorcas and a Kuntz.
I will NEVER speak of my last name.
Doody is actually a pretty common one. So is Fish.
Balls, Ballz, Baals.
I feel badly for the relief pitcher J.J. Putz. He didn't know what a putz was until he played in New York
I had a high school science teacher named Lipschitz. We used to ask him "if your lip shits does your ass whistle?" The following year he came back to school with a legally changed name of Lipschultz.
Sez you, R10. "E-ktu-ally"
Bunger. I know of a woman who had the last name Bunger and people just called her Bunger instead of her first name.
in college I knew a guy named Growcock.
Hathcock. People called him Halfcock.
Dr. in my neighborhood: O.D. Finale
I did not like Heath Ledger in his role as "Joker".
Two that I actually know of:
Clodfelter isn't too great, either.
Let me amend my previous post. I have actually known people with the last names of:
(the key is pronouncing with a long "u" in both cases)
Dorcas (first name, female)
And being from Indiana originally, Earl Butz was a congressman or something back in the 1970's.
R19, the middle-rounded vowel for the oe sound in German doesn't exist in English. The closest sound is what can be heard at the very very end of saying the letter "O" in some parts of North America.
It took you 41 responses to figure it out?
Kok (Dutch and supposed to be pronounced more like Coke, but everyone says it like Cock)
I've known or overheard these names of real people.
British politicians with ridiculous names:
R42 I don't get it. I actually once knew a girl with this surname (I think she was of Greek descent or something)
I work with a woman whose last name is Bletch.
I don't understand why people with terrible last names don't get them changed.
Who wants to be called Buttz or Balls or Lipschitz their whole lives?
The third grade class down the hall from me was taught by Mrs. Boubier, pronounced Booby-er, who had an ample bosom to boot. Her name and shape made generations of eight-year-olds snicker.
I have a neighbor who's last name is Blasé.
The one belonging to this guy (I apologize in advance):
Does anyone remember the Rev. FELCHER from "All in the Family"? Some mad queen had to have snuck that by the censors. A neighbor has two colleagues: Dr. Glasscock and Mr. Hollowpeter( I wonder if they are very careful gentlemen?)
If you're in math/science/engineering, you should feel honored if your last name is Lipschitz or Slutsky.
I worked with a man whose name was Marty Fagot.
And my great-grandmother was Cherokee and her last name was Pigg. Thankfully she was a maternal great-gran and I didn't inherit the name.
"I think she was of Greek descent or something"
Aren't we all?
Went to scool with a girl who's last name was Cuntin.
A (total bitch) teacher in high school was Mrs. Minard. We all called her Mrs. Retard behind her back. She pronounced Minard to rhyme with retard.
A (very nice) teacher in middle school was named Mrs. Hardick. Pronounced 'hard dick.' You can imagine what having a name like that was like in a room full of 13 year-olds. I always wondered why that poor woman didn't use her maiden name.
I can't get past Lipschitz and Butts/Butz, but personally know of a Dick (former Lt. Gov. of Colorado, Nancy Dick) who had the stupidity to name her son Timber.
And his wife professed bafflement why people were calling their listed telephone number asking her if she had splinters. "What do they mean?" she actually asked me.
I honestly knew a girl whose last name was Fagg.
I knew a lady who's maiden name was Grottendick. She hated it and was happy to change her name when she got married.
I forgot to add this. When I was in the military I ended up working for a Native American female SSGT named Iona Big Beaver. She was a hardass, probably because of her name. I always wonder why people do not change their names legally if they're going to be ridiculed. Name changes in court are not expensive to get.
I know someone from another land, last name of Wusiman.
then there are the parents that take a surname not apparently unfortunate and make it one with the first name. Like Holly Reith and Candy Cain.
Read an obit today for a Marion "Butch" Hooker. Poor guy to have to go through life saddled with this name. No wonder he wanted to be known as Butch.
"Lacist" (the guy was Asian)
My aunt had a Dr. Seamen.
In school, there was a Phillipa Gunn. That HAD to have bee on purpose. Cruel, cruel parents.
R57 How did he pronounce it? Fay-got or was it actually faggot?
Crook. They all try to live up to it, eventually.
[quote]I honestly knew a girl whose last name was Fagg.
Was her first name Debbie? Because I went to elementary school with her. She was older.
Ucko - poor girl I knew with that one changed it as soon as she could.
Kourepenis - which must have been horrible for a boy to grow up with. Guy changed it to Kourepenos.
This doesn't really count because it crosses cultural lines, but I went to high school with a Vietnamese kid named Fuk Yu. He was a great guy and went by Jim. But every year, during the first day of class when the teacher did role call with our "real" names, we'd all get a good laugh, including Jim.
[quote]My aunt had a Dr. Seamen.
Haven't we all?
Bich - pronounced Bick
That Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio) has a character called Twatt, who is the butt of numerous jokes. But it's actually a real surname (and also the name of a village in Scotland)
I've always liked the fact the plumber who invented the ballcock and popularised flush toilets was Thomas Crapper. Bad surname AND nominative determinism at work.
R98 Doesn't it occur to you the word crap originates from him?
R93 Of course it counts! That's brilliant, I must remember that one.
Wisconsin has a Supreme Court Justice named Crooks.
R99 doesn't it occur to you that the word crap predates his birth by several centuries?
"The word crap is actually of Middle English origin; and predates its application to bodily waste. Its most likely etymological origin is a combination of two older words, the Dutch krappen: to pluck off, cut off, or separate; and the Old French crappe: siftings, waste or rejected matter (from the medieval Latin crappa, chaff)"
The more you know.
While the word crap existed before Mr Crapper, it sounds like it wasn't used to describe poo before him.
Except it was, R103. Wikipedia says " Its first application to bodily waste, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, appeared in 1846 under a reference to a crapping ken, or a privy, where ken means a house"
That would be when Mr. Crapper was 10, long before he invented the ballcock. Give it up, you mistook an urban myth for fact.