Belladonna gave me crap for mispronouncing Kamala Harris's first name.
"It is Koma-la. Why is that so hard?" she asked.
"Well, I assumed that since her parents were professors at Stanford, arguably the finest university in the United States, that they had a basic understanding of phonetics and named her Kamala (cam-al-a or kame-ae-la with the first two as long-a). If they wanted the name to be pronounced Coma-la they would have spelled it Kommalla."
"Dad. It is Coma-la. Deal with it" Bella told me.
And to think we have been pronouncing the name of the state Cal-i-forn-e-a when it should be Col-i-forn-e-a. Well that makes sense. They grow a lot of cauliflower in Colifornia. Same first two syllables.
Because I am so forgetful, I am just going to start spelling Harris's first name ",la" as in coma-la.
It saves on my pixel budget as well.
Do you ever get the impression that some people choose whackadoodle pronouns and bizarre pronunciations of their names just to see how much they can jack people around?