Source: Norfolk Landmark
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “How to Pronounce It”
City of publication: Norfolk, Virginia
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: 53
Issue number: 21
|“How to Pronounce It.” Norfolk Landmark 20 Sept. 1901 v53n21: p. 4.|
|Theodore Roosevelt (name, pronunciation of); Leon Czolgosz (name, pronunciation of).|
|William McKinley; Robert Barnwell Roosevelt; Samuel Wittkowsky.|
How to Pronounce It
“The question now is, How should the name of
the President of the United States be pronounced?
“Some say ‘Roozvelt,’ some ‘Rose-velt,’ others ‘Rosy-velt,’ and still others ‘Ruuse-velt.’
“In the Century Dictionary the President’s name is pronounced like that of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt, who was an author and politician, a Congressman, and United States Minister to the Netherlands, and who, also, distinguished himself as a newspaper editor and State Fish Commissioner. His name is pronounced Ros-velt, the ‘o’ as in more, spoon, and room—rising accent between the s and v.”—Richmond Dispatch.
We had ourselves intended to ask the Dispatch how the same “o” could be pronounced in three different ways at one time, but the Charlotte Observer got in ahead of us and put the necessary question. The Observer thinks that there is “room” for further explanation by the Dispatch, which it advises to “spoon” out “more.” Our Richmond contemporary goes Mr. Wittkowsky, of Charlotte, one better. Mr. Wittkowsky offers the simple diagram, “Chollgoshtsh,” as an aid to the correct pronunciation of the name of Mr. McKinley’s assassin.