Famous quarterback Brett Favre either spells his name funny, or he pronounces it funny. In either case most of us that held a C average in English recognize the phonetic enigma of Brett’s last name.
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The mystery of the famous Favre name has sent me on a mission. What happened to this name?
The answer: Idioms. Not to be construed as having any relation to idiocy, although certain coincidental instances are likely, an idiom is the different way different folks say the same thing. Case in point: The consonant R.
In the Northeast and the
Just across the
Favre is a French name. In French, the “re” is silent, and the “a” is short. The correct French pronunciation of the name is “Fahv. ”If one of Brett’s ancestors crossed the river into
The Arkansan would interpret the phonetic structure of the name, and assume that there was an R in the name that was pronounced AH. Transliterating that name into the local idiom, the AH sound becomes the ARRR sound, and the name is spoken as “Farrrv. ”
Owing to the glamour and virility of my ancestors from
Now you know the rest of the story - at least as I have imagined it. This brings my earlier statement about coincidental relationship of idiom and idiocy fully to a meaningful convergence of the two.