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Why it's pronounced "ZAH-vee-ay"

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So why does the newest Jayhawk pronounce his name "ZAH-vee-ay"?

Maybe it's been discussed, and maybe I missed it, but I didn't honestly know that answer until I found this video while surfing yesterday (Skip to the 1:40 mark in the video if you're impatient).

Obviously the video's a bit old (Xavier is not going to Memphis as the video suggest, so let's not start any more rumors), but still it's a nice profile on Xavier to learn a little more about him and his family.

Props to Mike Rigg, who produced the video. Just a few years back, Rigg was a sports anchor alongside Kevin Romary at 6Sports here in Lawrence.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 12 months ago

http://www.basicjokes.com/dquotes.php?aid=262

John Wayne

Born: 1907-05-26 Died: 1979-06-11 John Wayne Biography

If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 12 months ago

Well, whoever said it, they were correct!

LOL!

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 12 months ago

RoeDapple (Anonymous) says…

Marion,

Quote by John Wayne:

“If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”

Marion wrties:

Yes, indeedy but faulted not by your logic; rather by the completely unwarranted assumption that such as Confrontation have any of the above; gargunes, a heart or a mind.

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Slowponder 4 years, 12 months ago

RoeDapple:

Wrong reference. Charles Colson said that, not John Wayne.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 12 months ago

(with apologies to Irish)

;-)

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RoeDapple 4 years, 12 months ago

Marion,

Quote by John Wayne:

“If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.”

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 12 months ago

Irish (Irish Swearingen) says…

"Irish (Irish Swearingen) says…

Marion, since you are being Hermione, I will be Ron and say, belt up, why do you always have to prove you are smarter than someone else? Can we try to be civil in disagreeing with someone? It is important to know how someone pronounces their name, so we can do it correctly when speaking to or about them. Ooooohhhhh! Wait for the replies, wait for it!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)"

Marion writes:

Considering the tenor of Confrontation's post, I believe that my reply was more than "civil"!

LOL!

As far as proving that I may be smarter than someone else, I simply let those people prove it; there is no need to belabour the point and would belie by shy, retiring and humble nature.

The (mis)pronunciation of the name "Xavier" is merely another indication of the erosion of the language and the dumbing-down of the society as a whole.

On the other hand, the guy knows what his given name is an how he chooses to pronounce it, which is of course, his right and I do respect that right.

I respect all rights, even the right to be...well...shall we say, "Less than historically knowledgeable"?

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KansasVoter 4 years, 12 months ago

If you're a man and your name is Marion, you are a sissy. I don't care if you change it to John Wayne or Buck Naked, you're still a sissy. And little Marion Lynn is definitely a sissy.

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Cait McKnelly 4 years, 12 months ago

I would have sincerely loved for John Wayne to still be alive and around for Confrontation to imply that he was a sissy. His full legal name was Marion Michael Morrison.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 12 months ago

Just thought, maybe that's the way his Mom always called him.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 12 months ago

Marion, since you are being Hermione, I will be Ron and say, belt up, why do you always have to prove you are smarter than someone else? Can we try to be civil in disagreeing with someone? It is important to know how someone pronounces their name, so we can do it correctly when speaking to or about them. Ooooohhhhh! Wait for the replies, wait for it!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 12 months ago

Confrontation (Anonymous) says…

I get a kick out of men who have women's names.

MARION (1) Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: MER-ee-ən (English), MAR-ee-ən (English) [key]

Medieval French diminutive of MARY. This name was borne in legend by Maid Marion, Robin Hood's love."

Marion writes:

Sorry, Confrontation but you are wrong.

Your suggestion is a common myth; one of those urban legend things.

The French, cheese eatin' surrender monkeys that they are, used the name in a neutral manner and it has been assumed by most, including yourself that the French usage is the origin of the name.

The ancient Hebrew form of the name derives from the Latin "Marius"; those named Marion were of the clan or family of Marius.

You should study your history, dear boy/girl/it, as had you not slept through history class you would know that both the Roman and Hebrew societies were patricarchal and had female derivatives of male names, not male deriviatives of female names.

The name has also found to have been in use by the Egyptians, predating the Hebrew usage as well as by the Mayans which indeed may suggest a connection between that group and the Egyptians.

The name Marion is known to have been given to male children by the pre-Christian Celts, suggesting independent origin and is found in the Nordic warrior societies in pre-Christian conversion times.

Now, Confrontaion, you go pick up the Dunce Cap, put it on and write fifty times on the blackboard:

"I will not write stupid sutff on the LJW forums!"

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Confrontation 4 years, 12 months ago

I get a kick out of men who have women's names.

MARION (1) Gender: Feminine

Usage: French, English

Pronounced: MER-ee-ən (English), MAR-ee-ən (English) [key]

Medieval French diminutive of MARY. This name was borne in legend by Maid Marion, Robin Hood's love.

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Confrontation 4 years, 12 months ago

Hmmm...It sure doesn't take much for Marion to get his kicks.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 12 months ago

I always get a kick out of people who give the name "Xavier" who do not realise that historically, the "X" was never pronounced as a "Z", as in "Xylophone" but rather as an "H"; the name should be pronounced "Ha-vee-ay".

The "X" replaced the Spanish "J" in "Javier" as a sign of the cross to indicate the devoutness of the nominee.

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