Recently, a friend noted that every dog toy Scrappy owns has a name. A name ending in the "ee" sound. Ropey. Cowie. Squirrely (it's actually "Coonie", but it replaced the original "Squirrely"). Foxie. Even the 'kids' have names ending in "ee". Bernie. Scrappy. Cookie. (Once)Slimmie. Kramer. Okay, almost all of them. Krameree doesn't exactly roll smoothly off the tongue. Even my humidifier is part of the theme - Reggie. I refer to the homestead sparrow hoard as the Joneseys. Should I be on speed dial to Dr. Freud?
Which reminds me of one of the many reasons I detested high school. As a freshman, we were required to take Speech Class. As far as I was concerned, it could have been Let's-Have-A-Root-Canal Class. I was terribly shy and self-conscious in school - actually, almost right up to present-day. An arty outsider who spent her weekends going to art museums and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas (cue in the violins...) Our teacher was a sadistic bugger by the name of Mr. Higgie. I suppose, given that name, he was hard-pressed to grow up any other way. For our final exam, we were to choose a subject and give a 15 minute speech glorifying, edifying or not, our subject. I chose Sigmund Freud. Don't have a clue as to why I did. The trouble was, I had never heard his name spoken. It's an enigma to this day. I hunched my way up to the podium and bravely soldiered on. Pronouncing it "Free-ood". In addition to Mr. Higgie, there was only one other person who was aware of my faux pas. She was what passed as my only friend. I had stammered my way through about 10 minutes of my speech, when she burst into fits of hilarious laughter, followed closely by Mr. Higgie. Mr. H then pronounced, in his high, nasally voice, "Miss Wormersley, it is Froid. Not Free-ood. One would think you would know the difference if you have chosen this as your speech topic." Needless to say, it was not my best moment or memory. I did have the presence of mind to correct his pronunciation of my last name. Which landed me a C- (I did have a thoroughly researched speech - complete with footnotes.)
My question is this -- am I the only one who does this? Should I be looking for help-ee?