Tomonaga (Tomonaga@xtra.co.nz)
Thu, 25 May 2000 16:45:14 +1200


Jason McLawhorn wrote:

> If it's pronounced "Gu-fu" then why isn't spelled "Gofu" rather than the
> correct spelling "Gouf".
>

Well, only the person responsible for the official spelling knows for sure but
in many cases in Japan when Enlishizing names they choose aethestic appeal over
more appropriate English spelling.

Mostly names get spelt funny due to lack of knowledge of the English
language. Non-sensical Japanglish can be found on many many products in Japan
and they are simply put there just to 'look' good and not for conveying
anything useful to English speakers.

Tet

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