Monday, December 11, 2006


Wikipedia has a category for almost everything. They should have a category for "People whose names and biographies sound like they should be fictitious, but aren't." Then they could include 47-year-old Mexican ski racer Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who raced in the World Cup super combi race held yesterday in Reiteralm, Austria, placing last — about 24 seconds behind winner Ivica Kostelic and 16 seconds behind the second-to-last-place finisher.

Free U.S. Ski Team pin to the first reader who posts here with the correct pronunciation of the name Hohenlohe. (And I don't know the answer, so you better also convince me you're right.)


Richard Jay said...

i have tried, but failed, to find a pronunciation.

Richard Jay said...

i found out that a documentary about the family castle aired on KQED (san francisco public tv) earlier today and throughout the upcoming month, so if you were to watch it, you would hear the correct pronunciation!

Current Broadcasts
Germany's Romantic Road (#303H) Duration: 26:46 Stereo TVG
...Next, we visit the castle of the Teutonic Knights in Bad Mergentheim and a short distance away the Deutsches Auto Museum in the Renaissance Castle of Prince Hohenlohe-Langenburg...

Channels and Airdates
Tue, Dec 12, 2006 -- 1:30 am
Tue, Dec 19, 2006 -- 6:30 pm
Thu, Dec 28, 2006 -- 8:30 pm

Tue, Dec 19, 2006 -- 9:30 am
Mon, Jan 29, 2007 -- 2:30 am

Nik said...

Your question is a trick one: based on years of German, I'd say the correct pronunciation is "Ho-hen-Low-Hay" primary emphasis on "low." HOWEVER, one must remember that, in the Hohenlohisch dialect of German, partly as a result of Franco occupation in the 18th century, they use the character "o-hat". They also have a hard "sch" and extended initial vowel sound. So, Hohenlohers like the prince must call themselves "KHoo-khn-loo-ah" (kh meant to represent a very hard gutteral "H").

Now you know.

Richard Jay said...

KHappy KHanukah!

Lindsay said...

Judging from the photo at right, I believe the correct pronunciation is: cam-ra-pose-en