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how to pronounce "Daniel Dunglas Home" correctly in american english?

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home

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  • You should pronounce it the way Mr Home would have pronounced it (as given in the link). Mar 20, 2020 at 10:48
  • @ Weather Vane like: /daniel daanglaas hum/?
    – solesoul
    Mar 20, 2020 at 10:52
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    The link says "Hume". There was a politician in my living memory with a similarly pronounced surname: Sir Alec Douglas-Home. After all, that was his name, and it is respectful to call someone in their preferred way. Mar 20, 2020 at 10:55
  • @i found it. i think you are right Alec Douglas-Home pronounced /ˌælɪk ˌdʌɡləs ˈhjuːm/, so "Daniel" pronounced /ˈdænjəl/ and "home" pronounced /ˈhjuːm/. but i am not sure about dunglas, does it pronounce like Douglas?
    – solesoul
    Mar 20, 2020 at 11:03
  • It's spelt "Dunglas Home" but its pronounced "Throat wobbler mangrove" (joke, monty python)
    – James K
    Mar 22, 2020 at 19:16

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It is important to remember that this is a Scottish name and as such has a different pronunciation to English as spoken in England.

  • "Daniel" would be pronounced as you would expect.

  • "Dunglas" would be said as "dung-glass" with full emphasis on the double-s as you would pronounce the word "glass" - not the short, clipped "lus" as some English names/words might be said.

  • "Home" is pronounced as "hume" (also the same as the place name / surname "Hulme"), as the Wikipedia entry you quoted from suggests.

Whenever faced with pronouncing any non-English name, it is a choice to attempt an accurate pronunciation in the original language or accent, to Anglicise it, or to make a compromise between the two. If you follow my guide above, I believe that should be a satisfactory English pronunciation of the Scottish name.

This documentary about the man is a good source to hear his name pronounced.

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  • "dung-lass" or "dung-glass"? Having never heard the name, I'd (perhaps incorrectly) assume the latter. Where are you getting this information from? Can you add your sources please?
    – CJ Dennis
    Mar 21, 2020 at 1:05
  • @CJDennis I've added a link where you can hear his name pronounced.
    – Astralbee
    Mar 22, 2020 at 19:01
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    Thanks! So my assumption was correct. You should update your answer to include a hard "g".
    – CJ Dennis
    Mar 22, 2020 at 21:53
  • @CJDennis I heard it slightly differently but on listening a few times I agree with you, updated.
    – Astralbee
    Mar 23, 2020 at 8:59

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