Friday, August 01, 2008

If I were Polynesian, I'd change my name to Ted

You know how I'm officiating that wedding tomorrow? And how, at the end of a wedding ceremony, the minister introduces the happy couple to the congregation using their full legal names?

I just found out that the groom's middle name is Leimanapohaikukino.

I'm going to die. In the meantime, no one is allowed to mispronounce Evnissyen ever again.

11 comments:

Mertseger said...

What's the problem? It's just pronounced the way it's spelled. Best of luck tomorrow: I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job, and that this is just one more step in claiming your power as a witch. Enjoy it!

Evn said...

This particular event is more about me claiming my power as a freelance, non-demoniational clergyperson, but I do appreciate the vote of confidence. ;)

taijiya said...

If I remember correctly, every syllable of a Hawaiian name or word ends in a vowel, so you're looking at something like "Leh-ee-mah-nah-poh-hah-ee-koo-kee-noh." Which, still. Yow.

Evn said...

Eeek.

Maybe I should just go with "Mr. and Mrs. insert-last-name-here" and call it a day.

Mertseger said...

taijiya is correct, but to memorize it simply break the name down into meaningful chunks:

Lei(Lay) - Exactly like the floral leis they greet you with in Hawaii.
Mana - In Huna (and Feri) it's the magical energy that's all around us and used to power our magic
Po (Poe) - As in Edgar Allan.
Haiku - The three line poem with 5, 7 and 5 syllables.
Kino (Keno) - A common casino gambling game.

Thus, Lei-Mana-Poe-Haiku-Keno. Just five words and even somewhat coherent. Medieval memorization techniques would have you put all thus images into a single picture that you can call up in your mind in a flash during the ceremony.

Lisa Adams said...

Aww, my mother was almost named Leilani. She was forever grateful that they went with Cheri instead. She said should could just imagine the things they'd have come up with for her name outside of Hawaii.

Evn said...

Mertseger, your techniques worked! Of course, at the rehearsal this evening, the bride and groom decided they didn't want to use middle names after all. So now I can say Leimanapohaikukino, but I don't have to.

Evn said...

Aww, my mother was almost named Leilani. She was forever grateful that they went with Cheri instead.

Li, I've always thought Leilani was a beautiful name. But as someone who, as a teenager, was presented with a list of the names I almost got, I can certainly sympathize.

Yvonne said...

I nearly got called Angharad...

I'm sure the ceremony was/will be beautiful.

Evn said...

Is Angharad a family name?

The ceremony was lovely. I'll tell you guys all about it.

Lisa Adams said...

*grin* I think it's pretty now, but in the 1950's... I suspect she'd have been tortured.