Recently I have had questions about how I pronounce Genn. People have asked whether it is a hard G like ‘Go’ or a soft G like ‘Giraffe’? I see it isn’t as intuitive as I once thought. (Why it took me so long to figure that out, I’ll never know!) In light of all that is going on in the world, this seems like an insignificant post to make. However, maybe a silly distraction will be welcomed.
HOW TO PRONOUNCE “GENN”
I tend to talk in my head when I read, and I also imprint the pronunciation I pick (when it is ambiguous). I thought it would be nice to clear up how to pronounce Genn (and only took me 25 years of being online to do so), apologies! Derp
This blog post will be short, but to begin, I will pronounce Genn for you so you will have it in your head as you read. “Genn” sounds like “Gin” (as in Gin and Tonic).
Soft “G”. Has a “J” sound. If you forget, take the J from John and double it. As my Facebook profile so cleverly interjected, how to you pronounce Genn John? It sounds like JENN JAWN. Double J sound (but with a G).
Speaking of G… GEE WHIZ! You may ask yourself “Why is it so complicated to pronounce Genn and where did the name come from? Didn’t your parents realize that people would have to know how to pronounce Genn in order to say it”?
Well, Genn is a name I gave myself, shortened from my middle name, Genette (sounds like the traditionally spelled Jeanette). Genette came from my dad’s middle name, Eugene.
LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Well, there is more to the story. Such as why I chose the name Genn for myself, and if you are paying attention, why there are two ‘Ns’ in Genn but only one in Genette. However, I don’t want to bore those of you who just want to know how the heck to pronounce my name. If you have been pronouncing Genn with a hard G, here are some rhymes to help with the (possibly new) pronunciation:
GENN and Tonic, Cotton GENN, GENNsing, GENNerally Awesome (Okay, that was a stretch).
I much prefer talking about crystals than myself (the reason for the short post). Remember, Genn sounds a lot like GEM !! Thanks for reading!