Saying Sotomayor: Pronouncing judge’s name gives trouble to some

Saying Sotomayor: What’s in a name?

NEW YORK — People have been saying Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s (soh-toh-my-YORZ’) name a lot since she became the Supreme Court nominee.

They’ve also been saying it in different ways.

Some say it the way she does: soh-toh-my-YOR’.

Others have pronounced it SOH’-tuh-my-er — or some other variation.

Mark Krikorian, an advocate of tougher immigration standards and a contributor to the conservative National Review, says putting the emphasis on the last syllable is an “unnatural pronunciation” in English.

Others say it’s respectful to pronounce someone’s name the way he or she says it.


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