Lodewicus Theodorus “Louis” Oosthuizen
Tale of the tape:
First/middle/last names subject to misspelling: All
Spellczechs degree of difficulty(1 – 5 diamonds, 5 being hardest): ♦♦♦♦
Valid in Scrabble (name(s) also valid Scrabble words in and of themsel(ves)?: None
Playable in Scrabble (name(s) able to be formed with standard 100-tile English set)?: All 3
Best Anagram Genius anagram: Cold, duteous Zionist whorehouse
Mr. Oosthuizen’s full birth name is a triple threat of tongue-twisting. Let’s try tackling his first name . . . umm . . . first. Here is the most important bit of advice I can give you in remembering how to spell certain words/names . . . try and break the word up into smaller, recognizable subwords, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and/or acronyms. So, let’s see if we can tear apart “Lodewicus”.
Lodewicus is problematic because it doesn’t look like it would end with a “cious” sound. (LOU-dew-ic-ious) But let’s try and break it down just the same. It the contains the subword “lode“, but “wicus” doesn’t really subdivide well. However, what if we divided it into Lo/dew/ICUs. Then we’d have three subwords/acronyms we know and can easily relate to/remember. From there, you many want to try and put the words into some kind of sentence such as “The lo dew of the ICUs“. This is an example of a mnemonic device. Simliarly, we can apply the same principle to his middle name (Theodorus), with The/odor/us, as in “The Odor of us“.
Now his last name, that’s a whole different kettle of fish. And speaking of fish, oost happens to be, amongst other things, the Dutch word for odor, while Huizen is Dutch for houses. So is Louis affiliated with the a fish house, or is he a fan of heretofore unrecorded Weird Al interpretation of The Animals hit (namely, “House of the Rising Smell”)? Sorry, I digress.
Depending on who you ask, his last name could be pronounced WOOST-hay-zen, or OAST-hay-zen, which would at least give you a fighting chance of spelling it correctly.
Its a bit messy, but you CAN break “Oosthuizen” up into smaller subwords prefixes and abbreviations:
Oo: is a prefix referring to egg or ovum
St: is an abbreviation for street
Hui: is a Chinese word meaning conference or secret society
Zen: is a type of Buddhism
In future posts, I’ll provide links to foreign name pronunciation guides, along with other tips/hints on spelling those hard-to-spell athlete names. In the meantime, congrats to Mr. Fishhouse Mr. Oosthuizen.