What a GREAT thread!!! I have been away from the forum for a week or so and this is such a delight to return too!
MissAslan because I am a girl! Aslan because my name is Aslan (as most of you have already figured out) my mom named me after Aslan, the "Great Lion," the central character in The Chronicles of Narnia.
I have used MissAslan for everything since 1998..if you can beleive it (I sure didn't back then) Aslan was already taken for everything!!!
Aslan is pronounced many ways around the globe but here in the states AZ-lan, or AZLAN, all one sylable. But, if you're in a hurry in saying it, it mostly comes out AZ-lin.
I think most of us would find it uncomfortable to pronounce it as C.S. Lewis did..all of these phonetics would be going against our accents:
Lewis himself claimed Ass-lan was the proper pronunciation..many others will call me As-lan, Az-lan, Ass-lan, As-lahn, Az-lahn, Ass-lahn, Auzlaun..on and on..
Here is my point.. I was teased horribly as a kid and called ASS-lan.. but my family called me Az..so that is my nickname to this day and I like to emphasis the AZ rather than the ASS. I have a big enough rear end and I don't need to be reminded!!
PS. to hear it go here: http://home.comcast.net/~s.sendlein/aslan.wav
PPS. Funny name for a half Jewish gal from Pacific Palisades, CA