Friday, March 26, 2021

Dr. Soice

This morning I was looking for some information on The Cat in the Hat, when I came upon someone who claimed that Dr. Seuss's name is not pronounced Soose but Soice. So I did some googling, because that is how we learn the truth, and found a couple of articles that agreed with that, including this one at Slate.

Now, this story is particularly interesting to me, because my husband's grandmother grew up in the Springfield, Massachusetts area, as did Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Her family knew the Geisel family through, I believe, some sort of German community club. Namo didn't actually remember young Theodor, though she remembered his sister. 

My mother-in-law, her daughter, mentioned a couple of times that Seuss was pronounced Soice, not Soose, but I ignored her! Because what red-blooded woman doesn't ignore her mother-in-law?

Sorry, Ruthie. Easter flowers will be arriving next week.


Katherine said...

This is so interesting! And funny. It is all too easy to ignore your mother-in-law, only to find out later how right she was! My mother-in-law always insisted that you should never use breakable glasses in the bathroom; safer to use a plastic or paper cup...years later, I have to agree with her! And I know there are other things too...I just can't think of them right now. Please say "Hi" to Ruth for me when you see her!

Gail Gauthier said...

I will. I may be seeing her in the next month.