Awhile back we discussed the pronunciation of David Bowie's name. Anyway, now it appears in the early 70s' some people did pronounce it as Bowie (like Howie). I hear this now with J.K. Rowling's name - it was pronounced Rowling (like Howling) now it is being pronounced as Rowling (like Rolling). I guess when one is richer than Queen Elizabeth herself, "That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
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