Monday, January 24, 2011

Author names

I've been on a Meg Cabot kick recently, when one of my colleagues overheard me saying this, she corrected my pronunciation of the author's name. I had been saying it with a "silent T," Meg Cabot, to rhyme with... Bordeaux, I guess.  It turns out that it's actually Meg Cabot, to rhyme with habit. I confirmed the pronunciation by double-checking with one of my favorite sites ever, The Author Name Pronunciation Guide put together by TeachingBooks.net.  I must get in the "habit" of saying, "Meg CaboT"

Checkout the
site, if you haven't already... it's a fantastic collection of audio clips of authors explaining how to pronounce their own names.  Now you'll never have to stumble over the names of Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka or  Susan Patron (hint: it's not like library patron) again.

7 comments:

  1. That is such a useful tool--and I'm having a ton of fun with it. A lot of the names that I thought I knew how to pronounce turned out to be pretty different! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  2. Anytime! I love this site -- it's settled many an argument, let me tell you!

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  3. Wow, very cool! I'm glad there's a site like this, as I pronounce names wrong all the time. Thanks!

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  4. Wow.. that is definitely a great site! Thanks for posting!

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  5. Hey Madigan, thanks so much for replying to my blogging questions, it means so much to me, and your advice/opinions are very valuable. You wrote such a long and eloquent reply. I'm so grateful.
    I've managed to buy a new domain, like you, bookcouture.com (using my own money), and am going to write shorter, but better reviews. I've also got a few list posts in the works.

    I'm so appreciative of your comment, it helped me come to these decisions.

    In response to this post, that's such a cool website. Haha, I used to call her Meg CaBOT, like the "bot" in "robot". Oops!

    Happy reading,
    Tina

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  6. @T.B. & @Aths I've known about this site for a while, but figured I'd post about it now, in case anyone else hadn't. They add new authors all the time, so it's good to check back every once in a while.

    @Tina Don't go a'changin' on my account! Your reviews are long, but they are good. Congratulations on your own domain! Now you are Queen of the Universe (or at least Queen of your own corner of the internet) Mua-hahaha!
    Meg Cabot. I am remembering it like this: CAB (like let's hail a taxi)-it.

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  7. I so totally need that site! Thank you!! I am terrible at absolutely butchering author's names. And, you know, regular words in the English language...

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