How do you pronounce Yediyurappa?

13 Nov

So we have a new CM. The news anchors are having a hell of a time pronouncing his name.

Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN/IBN pronounced the name as “Yedderurappa”

Other pronunciations include:

Yedererappa, Yedvarappa, Yedoooreppa… one news reader on a Hindi channel got so “tripped up” that he stumbled through the rest of his story…

I am amazed that they don’t take the time to find out how a name is pronounced before they go on National TV.

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15 Responses to “How do you pronounce Yediyurappa?”

  1. kannadada kudi November 13, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    I agree that the news readers need to spend at least a minute or two to figure out the right pronounciation. But , hasn’t this always been the bane of our national media? If it is a south Indian name it has to be mangled and made unregonizable on the national news 🙂 .. hehehe

  2. nalini rao November 14, 2007 at 2:19 am #

    Vijay: It is not just with the news readers. having lived in Delhi for 13 years, it is something to do with the people of this belt – their pronunciation is just so incorrect – south indian names maathra alla, even their sanskrit pronunciationis awful and thats where the basic problem lies I guess.

  3. Vijay November 14, 2007 at 4:39 am #

    @KK: Always happens…

    @Nalini: Maybe its a case of “NAaLiGe” not “thiru-ging”

  4. neela November 14, 2007 at 11:53 am #

    Pronounce hengaadru maadi…..
    Nanantu MM aade anno sambhrama..
    naavantu dakshina Bharatavannu aaLidvi anno sambhrama…
    adrallantu YED vattu aaglillvalla..
    😉
    On a serious note…
    True, telecasters should spend more time to get the pron. right.
    It hurts.

  5. Veena November 14, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    Recently I heard he added an extra ‘D’ to add some more luck and he became CM it seems (you know the magic of numerology)….

    Hesru kariyodralli YED vaTTu maadidrante,, 🙂

  6. praneshachar November 15, 2007 at 3:03 am #

    people in media should be more careful but now in a competitive arena and in a hurry all this happe s even sometimes they announce news without even checking the correctness. It is height of madness. It is for the media industry to retrospect and take corrective action. certianly it is not fair to pronounce the names in the way they are doing today.
    it is true he added One D extra based on numerology advise. ultimately his dream and so also dream of BJP has come true

  7. rk November 19, 2007 at 7:18 am #

    if he wins today’s trust vote, we can call him ENDURE-APPA>/b>
    (will help the northerners say it easily). but first let’s see who wins.

  8. rk November 20, 2007 at 3:21 am #

    seeing yeddy’s anger, we can now call him HEDE-YERAPPA!

  9. Daze November 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    TV News makes a hash of way more than names.
    Sometimes I just hope that the hashed up name is funny or revealing in some way.
    Like Yediyurappa mangled into Ready-your-appa.
    or Kumaraswamy mangled into Kumarasmarmy
    or Deve Gowda mangled into Deve Cowdung.

    or something…

  10. Shreeram November 22, 2007 at 1:23 pm #

    what better can u expect from those hindi guys… their language is not at all original(half urdu-half sanskrit).. script also borrowed.. then how can we expect those poor guys to speak original kasturi kannada words…

  11. Chitra November 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    My one word – Nucular! hahaha

  12. Nitin November 28, 2007 at 9:02 am #

    @Shreeram:
    I beg to differ Shreeram ( and would like to enlighten you ).

    Accepted that Hindi is no Sanskrit, but a product of “Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb” , or Indo-Gangetic Culture; Which does NOT mean that hindi speakers cannot pronounce Sanskrit properly in the Vedic manner. And I may highlight the fact that after independence Hindi was gradually Sanskritized by successive Govts. The dialect predominantly spoekn in northern India during pre-independence era is called “Hindustani” – a mix of Urdu, Persian and “shudhh” Hindi, which to this date remains the same among common masses. But in all official/media/govt communications Sanskritized Hindi has been promote after independence.

    Same thing happened in Pakistan, but in reverse. They removed hindi elements from the Hindustani dialect and now their Urdu is heavily Persianized.

    But the problem lies in properly pronouncing Dravidian languages, since those have drifted a long long way from original Sanskrit, hence the difficulty.

    Btw, inability of a handful hindi-speakers should not be held against ALL of the group.

  13. Vijay November 28, 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    @Nitin: Good analysis..

  14. Kannadada kudi November 28, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    Nitin, I agree that Hindi has been growing and evolving with the times, like any other language in the world and making generalized statements is generally a bad practice. But, let us not lose our focus on this post. Honestly how many native Hindi speakers MAKE AN EFFORT to really pronounce a Kannada name or even a South Indian name correctly? For heaven’s sake, many don’t even make an effort to say our language/ state name correctly. They are often called “Kannad” and “Karnatak” in the National media. What’s up with that???
    Please don’t try to explain why / how they do it .. we already have been educated about the naunces of Hindi… or ..since I am a kannadiga (assuming you already know the naunces of Kannada) I would call it “HinDi” or “Hinda” or “Handi” or “Hindhina”…hehehe. Ok, ok .. since I am kanndiga and I am willing to make an effort and say it right . I will give it a try and say “Hindi” .. abba.. astu ucchara maaduva astaralli sustaayitu. 🙂

  15. Sonu December 27, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Good topic… need to think about this…

    Even I too have seen lot of times the same issue on almost all news channels.
    this is really shame for Indians… if we,Indians are not pronouncing our names properly.. then who will do that.

    But there are names they could pronounce very well like Riley, Katelyn, Michelle, Jacqueline etc. What this means? they say Westernization.. I’m pakka sure that they took some time to learn how to pronounce these English names when they heard it for the first time.

    Our younger generation also interested in pronouncing Indian words in awkward way. Guys.. it’s dangerous.. in near future we would see Indians who feel uncomfortable to disclose their nationality. 😦

    Happy New Year 2008!

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