TV sports announcers have no trouble pronouncing the names of Boston sports figures like Olszewski or Benintendi or even Gostkowski. But the Red Sox have a new chief of baseball named Chaim Bloom.
The announcers pronounce Bloom: easily, but have trouble with “Chaim.” The hard “kof” sound of “Chaim” seems to be too much for them. They mangle the name with mispronunciations like “Kem,” “Clem,” or, sometimes, “Clam.”
A short Hebrew school lesson is in order to teach the correct pronunciation of “Chaim.” Perhaps then, sports fans will hear “Chaim” with a “kof.”
Herbert Belkin, Swampscott