Forget what the Jets biggest problems are with the defense pairings, or issues with zone exits and turnovers, or if they don’t have the right systems in place to take advantage of the current talent they have in the lineup.
There is a much more important and pressing issue in the world that we need to deal with right now…
How Do You Pronounce “Nathan Beaulieu”?
Rick Ralph, you work in radio and do this kind of thing for a living. How do you pronounce it?
— Rick Ralph (@RickRalphTSN) February 26, 2019
Ok, there we have it! BOWL-you. Simple right? Now, to just do a quick check of the official NHL pronunciation guide just to confirm…
Wait, BOI as in BOY-loh?
Is Beyak mispronouncing Beaulieu? Boy-loo (Dennis) vs Bow-leo? My grade 9 Interlake French is rusty…..
— Sean Barnes (@SeanBarnes13) February 27, 2019
Turns out this has been an issue for a while now as Buffalo Sabres fans were also a bit perplexed.
The #Sabres traded Nathan Beaulieu today and I never had the opportunity to figure out of his name was pronounced Bowl-you, Bow-you or Ball-you
— Tommy Oh (@tommyro1982) February 25, 2019
Joe Yerdon covers the Sabres and writes for The Athletic and they pretty much know everything about everything so let’s let him be the definitive word…
It’s semi-threatening I guess?
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) October 12, 2018
Ok. Fine. It’s bowl-YOU. Confirmed. It’s a YE-5 as it were.
Although I have to admit, that wasn’t said with a whole lot of conviction there Joseph. And why are we even trusting Sabres fans anyway? They can’t even get the name of their own team right. (SABERS. If you play in an arena called KeyBank CENTER then you are SABERS. SabRES play in a KeyBank centRE.)
Let’s get the opinion of an expert on this. A linguist as it were. You there, you look like you could help, how would you pronounce “Beaulieu”?
And Beaulieu, Hampshire is pronounced Byoo-lee https://t.co/heg3ZeUmj5
— Lynne Murphy (@lynneguist) September 15, 2018
Well, this doesn’t help matters in the least. Does it matter if it’s a city name or a person’s name? Does that make a difference?
I bought a notebook to diagram plays and sometimes I end up charting random crap like this. pic.twitter.com/Ot3WHcVncO
— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) February 1, 2016
Gotta admit, “BEW-low” would be kinda neat to go with.
Has anyone ever just thought to just – and this is a crazy idea so stick with me on it – ASK THE MAN HIMSELF?!
Murat… Mike… We’re trusting you who have the locker room access with one very important task. Pull out your trusty cell phone and get video (shot horizontally of course) of Nathan himself saying his own last name. We need to put this critical issue to rest.
Until then, when we find out for sure and have video confirmation from Nathan Beaulieu, maybe we should just call him Nate.