Friday, 17 June 2011
How to say "Otagosh"
Kiwis have a head start here, for everyone knows how to say Otago, the name of a sizeable slab of the South Island. Oh-tar-go. I believe it is an Anglicization of the Maori word "Otakou," the original meaning of which might possibly have been "red earth."
I know what you're thinking; how meaningful, what huge theological potential! Red earth - Adam, gosh - euphemism for deity... sadly, no such profundity was intended; when I began this blog I was starting out in theological studies through the University of Otago. A colleague commented 'oh gosh!' (doubtless wondering at my slender link to sanity in studying a subject of no practical use.) Sooo... I bunged the two words together: Otago and gosh. Hence Otagosh (Oh-ta-gosh.)
In that it's an invented word however, it does help out directing folk to exactly the right place when they google it, regardless of pronunciation!
On a tangent, three Otagosh posts made the latest [ad hoc] Christianity podcast list, one of which got a passing mention on the audio ("typical Otagosh"? Obviously I'm getting far too predictable.) The podcast itself is a long one, chewing up the best part of an hour with good-natured banter, but if you're a biblioblog junkie, well hey, so what?
Posted by Gavin R at 17:47