Emphasis on the wrong sylLAble

“If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! Why compound ignorance with inaudibility?”
– E.B. White, The Elements of Style

Minor pronunciation kerfuffle at the dry cleaners today. The nice old lady at the counter asked for my name. “Robato” I spit out with all the usual confidence of my Japanese conversational transactions. She started laughing as did the other customer. I realized quickly what I’d done…

My name is Robot

Did I mention how kind and patient everyone here is? For the record, it’s “Robaato” with a long A sound.


  • Reply Amy Daraghy May 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Well, there are certainly worse things you could call yourself!

  • Reply Jerry Haddan May 10, 2014 at 4:28 am

    That is funny

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