Some of my recent blogs have been sort of depressing since that's how I tend to feel whenever I watch or listen to national news lately. In order to counteract the blues, I wanted to include some lighter stuff.
When NPR aired a bit about Ray Davies of the Kinks, there was apparently a lot of complaints about how the host mispronounced his name. Fact is, they didn't. I've always thought that Davies was pronounced "DAY-VEES" but here's the final word from an earlier interview broadcast on NPR:
MELISSA BLOCK: Can you say your name for me? Pronounce your name for me.
Mr. RAY DAVIES (Musician): Ray.
BLOCK: And how about the last name?
Mr. DAVIES: Oh, well, that. That's Davis. I think over here the tendency is to say Davies. Davis is not quite right. So, think of it with a zed at the end, Z.
Mr. DAVIES: Daviz, yeah. But keep it kind of muted.
BLOCK: Ah, okay. Daviz.
Mr. DAVIES: And two, three, four...
Mr. DAVIES: I'd say you got it.
(Soundbite of laughter)
NORRIS: Well, there you have it from the horse's mouth: Daviz it is.
We learn something new every day - sometimes big, sometimes small and what we always thought we knew for a fact . . . isn't, always.