January 13th 2009
Ruth has emailed me and made it all clear. It seems that ‘PAD-el’, or ‘Paddle’ was how her Father pronounced their family name and as Ruth writes, “since Kirsty said she wanted to pronounce it that way I thought who am I to say her nay?”
It strikes me as an act of generosity to allow someone to pronounce one’s own name as they see fit, or at least it did until I read the comment by Palash Dave on the mysteries of the schwa and realised the error of my ways. Thank you Ruth and indeed, Palash. I apologise to Kirsty Young for even questioning her pronunciation.