Pronunciation of names bad enough in the real world -- let alone the SCA

Dr. Mallory Wober, a linguist who studies how and why people mispronounce names, says that names like "Moog" (pronounced like "mohg") are mangled badly enough -- to say nothing of Middle English names like "AElflaed".

Wober, himself a frequent victim of name-mangling, describes how people take the "path of least resistance" to pronouncing names, and what this fact says about the speaker. The SCA and other living history groups have it even more complicated, with names written in languages that haven't been spoken for hundreds of years.