Apparently We’ve Been Pronouncing “Arcega” Incorrectly

JJ Arcega Whiteside at Stanford
Photo Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, second round pick out of Stanford.

Big red zone target who apparently looked good in OTAs on Wednesday.

We’ve apparently been saying his name incorrectly this entire time:

Okay. JJ Are-Thay-Guh Whiteside it is.

Or is it? –

Background, after the jump:

José Joaquín Arcega-Whiteside was born in Zaragoza, Spain and moved to the U.S. when he was six. In Latin American Spanish, if the ‘C’ is followed by any letter other than ‘H,’ we would make an ‘S’ sound.

For example, the soccer player Carlos Salcedo is Carlos “Sal-say-doh,” yes?

But in Spain, a ‘C’ appearing before the letter ‘E’ would be pronounced like a “TH” sound instead. Hence, José Joaquín Are-Thay-Guh Whiteside.

You’ve seen this before with non-Catalonian Spanish athletes. For instance, golfer Jose Maria Olazabal – the ‘Z’ is pronounced as a ‘TH.’ Miguel Angel Jimenez, aka “The Mechanic,” is pronounced Him-Enn-Eth, not Him-Enn-Ezz. In Latin America Spanish, we pronounce the Z like an English Z, i.e. Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz.

So there’s a subpar Spanish lesson from a very poor Spanish speaker. Of course, JJ says we can call him “whatever,” so I guess it doesn’t really matter. Eagles fans will butcher his name anyway, like Nelson “Aguilar” and Alshon “Jefferies.”

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8 Responses

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  2. Maybe this was answered by an observational comedian on “Evening at the Improv” 30 years ago, but If Lorenzo Lamas-Craig had a kid with Yoko Ono-Lennon, would their kids last name be Lamas-Craig-Ono-Lennon?

  3. I think we need to hear from Crossing Broad’s try-hard Spanish speaker, Russell Joy.

    Veevah RRRRAAAAY-AAAL MAH-DREED

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