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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:45 PM
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How is the name "Leif" (as in Ericson) supposed to be pronounced?

Is it "Life" or "Leaf?"




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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:46 PM
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1. Leaf.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:49 PM
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2. I guess you would know, being from the state where the Scandinavians went.

Too bad. I preferred "Life."



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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:17 PM
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9. Yeah, I guess I should have clarified.
That's how we say it here.

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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:28 PM
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11. My Swedish uncle had saying about MN that I'm sure you've heard...
And of course there is the wonderful Lewis Black video. The only one I've seen without a few naughty words:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALdI3GorPoA

All my pals in Scandinavia loved it.


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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:23 AM
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19. Where is that statue? nt
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:19 AM
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20. Duluth.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:34 AM
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22. Thanks. They should put a statue of Bob Dylan beside it. Or maybe in Hibbing. nt
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:36 AM
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23. Meh, there's a street named after him in Duluth. Hibbing has a restaurant, but that's about it.
He's not been one to come back and celebrate his roots, although word is he will turn up at shows in Duluth every once in awhile.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:57 PM
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3. "Loofah"
:P
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:21 PM
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10. Nice post, Billo!!
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:30 PM
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13. Uff Da!
:rofl:
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 02:00 PM
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4. Layf
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 02:13 PM
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7. +1
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charlie and algernon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 02:05 PM
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5. It's pronouned "George"
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 02:10 PM
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6. Layf
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 03:01 PM
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8. Combination of the sounds "leaf" and "waif".
Edited on Wed Nov-16-11 03:39 PM by HopeHoops
It's one of those things like double-breathing to play the didgeridoo that you either know how to do or not. I had a friend way back who was named Leif and he just went with Lee, probably so he didn't have to correct people anymore.

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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:29 PM
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12. Check this pronunciation site out
http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php?sitepal

Example: In Danish, Frida pronounces Leif "life." In Finnish, Marko pronounces it "lafe," as does Oskar in Swedish.

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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 06:22 PM
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14. So who pronounces it "Loofah"
since they seem to be on a first-name basis over there
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 06:37 PM
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15. Layf, ei sounds like the a in paper.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 11:42 PM
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16. LAY-foor E-rik-sohn
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 05:46 AM
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17. Le-fee.
He's related to Brett Favre.
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 06:44 AM
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18. He was Bill to his friends
Edited on Thu Nov-17-11 06:48 AM by whistler162
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:27 AM
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21. I always pronounce it Mahasahasrapramardini to see if they correct me.....
...or just let it slide because they think I am insane.
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