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It's eck-pray, not ex-spray

Jul 26, 2013

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Sometimes names can be tricky, and working in sports media, it's of the utmost importance to get those pronunciations correct.

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When Marcus Mariota took the world by storm at the beginning of the 2012 season, there were so many different ways people were pronouncing "Mariota" that the Eugene Register-Guard created a video schooling Oregon fans and media members on the correct way to say "Mariota." (Phonetically, it's "marr-ee-oh-tah" in the 2013 Oregon football media guide.)

But the Oregon quarterback wasn't alone Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Sony Pictures Studios in having a tricky name. In fact, all he had to do was look to his left when he took the podium for Oregon's turn with the media, as cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has run into the same trouble.

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A name like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu prompted one fan to ask the 2012 Pac-12 co-leader in forced fumbles via Facebook what is the worst someone has butchered his name.

"I would have to say Eye-fo Ex-spray something, I don't know. I don't understand," ee-fo eck-pray-olo-mu said. "Sometimes people call me Ex-spray; I don't understand where they got the “Ex” from."

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And if you didn't know, now you know.