1. Bweinh? How do you pronounce that?
Ah, I love this question. We’ve thought about a lot of different ways to explain it, and here’s what we’ve come up with.
1) First say “ain’t,” with feeling, like none of that fancy book larnin’ never took. Say it! “Ain’t!” Doesn’t it feel good? You’re a regular redneck at heart, ain’t ya? “Ain’t!” Hike up them pants and show off both your teeth!
2) Okay, now that that’s out of the way — nah, why don’t you just say “ain’t” one last time just to be sure we’ve got it all. “Ain’t!” Okay. That was good. Don’t overdo it. Okay. Sit down. You’re embarrassing yourself.
3) NOW we’ll move on. Effect your best Elmer Fudd and repeat with me: “The wabbit is weawing a bwahhh!” Okay, again, and focus on the last word this time, rather than the accompanying (and horrifying) mental image that Warner Brothers is already planning to sue you for. “Bwahhh!”
4) Here’s the tough part. We’re going to put those last two together — the “bwuh” sound from your scandalized Fudd, and the “ain’t” sound from your English teachers’ nightmares — except with two minor additions:
- 4a) Say it all through your nose, like you’ve lost all respect for other cultures and all knowledge of personal hygiene — in other words, be a little French, just for this word. It’ll be okay. We won’t tell.
4b) Drop the T at the end, and instead make a noise kind of like a buzzer. A French buzzer. Buzzing Elmer Fudd onto the set of Deliverance. Annnhhhhhh!!! Squeal like Porky, Mr. Fudd!
5) And there you have it! Bweinh! It’s all so easy when it’s broken down into steps, isn’t it? To recap, saying our name comes most easily if you’re a redneck Frenchman with an irrational hatred of cross-dressing rabbits!
6) Or you could listen to an example.
2. Where does your name come from? What does it mean?
Easy, buddy, one question at a time!
It comes from a French rap song by the Congolese group Bisso na Bisso. But we’re not entirely sure what it means, or even that it’s a word. It was sort of a guttural noise someone made during the song, maybe like American rappers say “Unh” or “&#@!” But if it is a word, we think it’s a slang term for “good,” derived from the French word for “good” — “bon-bon.”
3. What does your name have to do with your site?