How to Pronounce Matt Groening’s Name
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The last name of the creator of the Simpsons, Matt Groening, is pronounced “Graining”, not “Growning”.
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Actually, you found out wrong. The name is derived from the Dutch and it is pronounced somewhat closer to “grooning”, but with a short “oo” sound, so not like in “moon” but more like a quickly spoken “shoe”. Also the G in the beginning is one of the coughing-up-hairball kind like you hear in other languages sometimes.
@Shiny: That’s interesting, but Groening himself is the one that says it is pronounced “Graining” (link)
@Daven: Goes to show how little people know about themselves… 🙂 JK The right to the pronounciation of a (last) name rests with the bearer of that name, I think. So if Mat says its “Graining”, I’ll yield. 🙂
By the way, do you know the song “Danke Schön”? Americans pronounce it (singing): Danke shain, when actually it is Danke shún, with the sound like in surfing but spoken longer.
Actually, his last name is pronounced “Grenning”, not “Graining”. — Trying to say “schön” as an american is like getting the “The” right as a german. Even knowing how to pronounce it, your tounge is not trained for it.