Originally, the name, “Samoyed” was written as “Samoyede,” but in 1923, the “e” was dropped from the name in the United Kingdom. This lead to the beginning of the modern mispronunciation of “Sahm-oid” instead of the native pronunciation of “Sahm-uh-yed” (which we’ve also seen as “sammy-ed). We always have fun here with the “creative” ways our breed names can be butchered, though we confess to having a visceral “fingernails down a chalkboard” reaction to when our own own breed – the Puli – is pronounced, “Pyu-lee” instead of a brisk “POO-lee.” As we write, it’s a drizzly November dusk when the weather can’t decide whether to snow or rain, so let’s be merry and have some fun with this. How have you seen your breed’s name butchered?
Image: “Samoyeds” by Nina Scott Langley from Hutchinson’s Dog Encyclopedia published in 1934. This print is available for purchase here