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Added by The Cinephile

on 26 Aug 2009 10:12

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Most Difficult Names To Spell And/Or Pronounce

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1. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Holy god

Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH

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2. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
What?

Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH
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Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
3. Quvenzhané Wallis
WOW, what a first name, eh?

Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH

Average listal rating (1319 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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5. Matthew McConaughey
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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6. Björk
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH

Full Name: Bjork Gudmundsdottir

Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
7. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH
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8. Zach Galifianakis
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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9. Jake Gyllenhaal
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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Average listal rating (775 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
10. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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Average listal rating (331 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
11. Milo Ventimiglia
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH
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Average listal rating (1938 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
12. Scarlett Johansson
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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Average listal rating (804 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
13. Joaquin Phoenix
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (first name)
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Average listal rating (493 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
14. Saoirse Ronan
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH

Pronunciation: SEER-sha Ro-nahn

Average listal rating (745 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
15. Shia LaBeouf
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: SPELL (last name)
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Average listal rating (168 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
16. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: BOTH

Pronunciation: Nee-ko-LY COS-ter Wall-DOW

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17. Ioan Gruffudd
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: PRONOUNCE

Pronunciation: YO-an GRIH-fith

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18. Rachel Weisz
Difficult to spell or pronounce?: PRONOUNCE (last name)

Pronunciation: RAY-chull Vice

Who'd of known?
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Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
19. Gbenga Akinnagbe


 

My list of the most ridiculous names in Hollywood. Whether they be difficult to spell or pronounce, they surely give me some trouble.

Also, this is all MY opinion, so some people may not have the same issues as I.

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Comments

Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 7 14:43
Awesome idea, and a good start.
Here are maybe a few that could be contenders:

M. Night Shyamalan - I never remember that damn y!
Jake/Maggie Gyllenhaal - There are two Ls AND two As, what the H?
Mariska Hargitay - I think it's pronounced Muh - rish - ka?? and then not sure on the Har or the Gi or the Tay
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 7 15:27
Milo Ventimiglia. It's ven-tee-mee-li(like in liaison)-a(as in car)
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 7 16:07
Joaquin Phoenix.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 7 19:08
Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I will add some of them.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 8 0:12
Thanks "CharlieBlue" good ideas.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 8 20:46
You should have some foreign names like, I don't know, Apichatpong Weerasethakul here.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 9 16:15
Reese Witherspoon

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Keira Knightley
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 9 18:25
Harmonica, I will add them if I can find all of them, but if I'm completely unfamiliar with them, they won't go on this list. Thanks for the recommendations everyone :)
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 11 14:00
Cam Gigandet is pronounced Ji-gon-day. You're welcome!
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Sep 11 15:07
LOL, thank you
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 26 12:12
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (http://www.listal.com/person/mahershalalhashbaz-ali) should top the list.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Nov 26 23:51
the greek Zack
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jul 8 1:33
You are correct "Kazaam", that name is ridiculous, ha ha
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jul 30 14:51
very nice idea!
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jul 30 14:56
How about Chiwetel Ejiofor? He's been in Love Actually and was the bad guy in Serenity. I still have no clue how to say or spell it on my own. I had to copy/paste it to put it here.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Aug 15 8:57
Milo Ventimiglia is easy...Ventee-mee-glia (not meelia) and it means in italians letterely "TwentyMiles".
Anyway you have forgot Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Posted: 3 years ago at May 22 1:08
Aishwarya Rai
Posted: 3 years ago at May 22 1:25
you should put how to pronounce them on here as well
Posted: 3 years ago at May 22 1:36
I'm sorry but what the hell were their parents thinking? for #1 #2 and #3 LoL
I mean yes, their from different countries, but man... those are some EPICLLY LONG names!
Fun List!
Edit: 3 years ago
Posted: 3 years ago at May 22 2:55
Lol, it's comical to me seeing non-Greeks struggle to pronounce Galifianakis.
Posted: 3 years ago at May 22 8:10
In "Lisa's First Word" (The Simpsons -TV-). One of the first words of Lisa Simpson: David... Hasselhoff!
http://www.listal.com/viewimage/3751261
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Oct 10 4:20
Hence the part in the title "And/Or".............They are mostly hard to SPELL.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Feb 15 16:28
Scarlett Johansson, really? Can't figure out why that should be difficult to pronounce..

But great list anyway, good job!
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Feb 16 4:42
It's difficult to SPELL, at least sometimes for me. Hard to remember if there are two s', two n's, whatever it may be. The list does have an "And/Or" in it........

But thanks for the vote, man.
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 7:58
Cinephile this is genius and true LOL
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 8:27
I've never understood why "Joaquin" is actually pronounced "WA-KEEN". How does that make sense? Jake Gyllenhall addressed how difficult it is to pronounce his surname while doing an interview for "Prince of Persia".

He helpfully clarified that the correct pronunciation is YI-LEN-WHO-LA-HAY. Pretty obvious, right? =P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3GN_YQKR1k
Funny list, thanks for making it!
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 9:19
Eliza Dushku

Pronounced "dufku"
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 11:06
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 14:56
@Wendel Ooooh hell no… O.o *dat name* !!!
@Happy Vader, I thought her name was pronounced as it is said, the -sh sound. Not ‘dufku’ that doesn’t sound right...
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 16:08
(lol) @Happy Vader: I'm afraid you've got your info wrong about her, man.
"It's 'Dush' like 'push'." Eliza Dushku, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, (February 23, 2004)
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 16:22
great idea..you've got my vote..the first one isn't that tough though..i think it's al-lee
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 17:16
I can pronounce some of these...

Also, don't forget Djimon Hounsou, because I STILL can't pronounce his name.
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 17:31
Where is Budd Boetticher, aka, Budd Bödikö?
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 22:06
@skontch1: His first name is obviously the one that's tough.
Posted: 2 years ago at May 5 22:09
Posted: 2 years ago at May 7 9:22
(lol) @Happy Vader: I'm afraid you've got your info wrong about her, man.
"It's 'Dush' like 'push'." Eliza Dushku, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, (February 23, 2004)


All right, my bad, ain't no reason to eat my hat :)
Posted: 2 years ago at May 7 9:47
But it's made of chocolate...like the Easter Bunnies I used to get as a child.... ;D
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Mar 8 8:45
I have no clue what that means, Gary, but regardless, your point is very much an invalid one.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Mar 8 8:57
I have mastered some of these now, but Matthew Mac gets me every time even if I had just looked at his damn name!
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Mar 11 0:10
I know! I'm exactly the same way, and probably won't EVER be able to spell it.
Posted: 7 months ago at Oct 28 14:50
Gbenga Akinnagbe (Chris Partlow from The Wire)
Posted: 7 months ago at Oct 28 21:38
He's been added. Thanks Cleon.
Posted: 6 months ago at Nov 26 10:11
For me

Abdellatif Kechiche
Krzysztof Kieslowski = spell ,first name
Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago at May 18 0:00
I have a hard time with Milla Jovovich.
Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago at May 18 11:27
The girl from The fault in our stars... I have to look the movie, to find her name, to copy that and paste it here... yeah... I won't do that. lol

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