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Home > general rambling > What’s in a name (part II)? Lots if your name is Bon Jovi…

What’s in a name (part II)? Lots if your name is Bon Jovi…

March 15th, 2009

Earlier this month, it was Jon Bon Jovi’s birthday… when I heard this, I had a little chuckle, which is what I do every time I think of Jon Bon Jovi. See, the first time (and every time since) my Dad heard the name “Bon Jovi”, he had a pretty huge laugh… and pointed out that it sounded like a term that we pronounce in Taiwanese (and I’m sorry I can’t do the intonations here) “BUNG-jo bee”, which translates to English as — are you ready? — the “stench of urine”.

Another name my Dad has a ton of fun with is game show host, Pat Sajak. In Taiwanese, “Pah SAY-jah” (with the correct tones) means “Smack the little bugger”.

Maybe Taiwanese and English are more alike than you’d think, hey?

(Part I of ‘What’s in a name?’ is here)

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  1. March 16th, 2009 at 03:47 | #1

    very funny! jbj is pretty hysterical!
    have tagged you to reveal 5 addictions, if you want to play :)

  2. Megan
    March 16th, 2009 at 08:44 | #2

    I remember you telling me the story of Bon Jovi, but the Pat Sajak translation is even better!!


  3. Danielle
    March 16th, 2009 at 09:32 | #3

    Em – You should listen to the DNTO podcast about “What’s in a name” – http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/DEFINITELY_NOT_THE_OPERA/20090221.shtml

    You will find it very fitting and it has some interesting results from studies regarding names…

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