Q:How do you pronounce the word "bufriedo"?
Prepare for an incredibly long and pretentious answer to a perfectly innocuous* question.
I don’t know how to pronounce the word bufriedo, and since the word is made up and there is not (at least as of yet) any kind of standardized pronunciation, you can pronounce bufriedo more or less however you want and not be wrong. This is because books, at least in my opinion, belong to their readers, and the author’s opinion about how to pronounce words that s/he made up is not any more authoritative or interesting than the opinion of any other reader.
Like, I do not believe that an author has a privileged relationship with a story simply because s/he happens to have written it. Let us take, for example, the word quark. James Joyce uses the word quark in Finnegan’s Wake, and then the physicist Murray Gel-Mann (who along with George Zweig proposed the existence of quarks) appropriated the word to describe a fundamental constituent of matter.
But how to pronounce quark? Reading the text of Finnegan’s Wake, it could easily be argued that Joyce wanted quark pronounced to rhyme with the word Mark, but you could also argue—as Gel-Mann has—that he intended it to slant-rhyme with the word quart. I personally suspect that Joyce wanted us to say kark not kwork, but it doesn’t matter: We say kwork. We decided, collectively, how to pronounce the word, and that’s essentially what language is: It’s a group of people deciding which sounds will describe the world.
In the extraordinarily unlikely event that some future elementary particle is discovered and named the Bufriedo, we’ll decide how to pronounce it together, and my authorial wishes will rightly be dismissed. Until then, all defendable pronunciations of the word derived from the letters in it will be legitimate.
* File under words I have to spellcheck every. frakking. time.
1230 Notes/ Hide
- marissaiselaflores likes this
- felinesarefabulous reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- margaretrosie likes this
- yashowerofacunt likes this
- shllybkwrm likes this
- animals-dont-talk likes this
- have-a-gneiss-day likes this
- hailthepie reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- procrastinasivan likes this
- bubbles-poison-and-stars likes this
- ihavetitanium likes this
- lvxuriant likes this
- sleepydre4mer likes this
- diventailmioeroe reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- dianagoesmrawrr likes this
- absolutemenace reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- ccarolinegivskov likes this
- bloodyawfulatpoetry likes this
- princessnatalieloves likes this
- kelseahenderson likes this
- takerefugeingod reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- takerefugeingod likes this
- whereisyourwarpaintkids likes this
- seeingwhatsinbetweenthelines likes this
- violetquartzz reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- katieandcas reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds and added:
- i-am-hollywood-undead likes this
- sunraysparkles likes this
- mischeviusmolly likes this
- kennas-not-on-fire likes this
- timelessepic reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- timelessepic likes this
- vaned likes this
- ramirita reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds and added:
- ramirita likes this
- 45fangirl3 likes this
- mangospeachesandlimes likes this
- dustybookshelfreviews likes this
- morgandoesrandomstuff likes this
- hungergameslessons reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- hungergameslessons likes this
- dxscontent likes this
- lilipad90 likes this
- taylorlaine15 likes this
- carolinexruth likes this
- labyrinthescapee likes this
- verballthenouns likes this
- -stuckinthemiddle- likes this
- aliyahrios reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
- aherocomplex likes this