Ronald Bruce Meyer, a Baltimore reader, regarding QT’s noting that the first syllable in Dr. Jekyll’s name rhymes with “bleak,” writes:
“How do we know your pronunciation of Jekyll is correct?”
Glad you asked that.
“Jekyll” is a Scottish name, commonly pronounced JEE-kull–not JEH-kull.
The Rev. Walter Jekyll was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Stevenson borrowed the name for his novella.
Both pronounced it JEE-kull.
You’ll find this pronunciation in the 1931 movie “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Frederic March
Which was about when everyone started to mispronounce it.
And while we’re at it, can it be time for fa QT reminder that “flaccid” is pronounced FLAK-sid?
And “vagaries” is pronounced vuh-GAIR-eez?
And “err” rhymes with “fur”?
And “dour” rhymes with “your”?
And “sheik” rhymes with “cake”?
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