How do you say “Joaquin”?

So here’s the thing. I’m a compulsive eavesdropper. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s something I’m powerless to prevent. Besides, sometimes I pick up some amazing material.

A couple of days ago I was at a  out-of-state diner (meaning no New Jersey accents to be found) and I was in hysterics listening to a bunch of older women discussing the name of a newly born grandchild of one of them.  Their conversation went something like this:

“They named him Joaquin.”



“What’s that?”

“His name. Joaquin.”

“How do you pronounce it?”


“But how do you pronounce it?”

“It’s “walking” with an “n” after it.”

(for the accents in this section of PA, that’s actually not a bad description)

“So his name is Walking?”

“With an “n”.”

“Right, like I said, WalkiNg.”

“No. Walking with an N after it. Walkingnnnn.”

“Oh. WalkingN.”

“Yes! That’s it!”

“They named him WalkingN Studdledoff?”

It was better than any scripted sitcom.

Do you eavesdrop?



2 thoughts on “How do you say “Joaquin”?

  1. JenC says:

    ROFL! That poor kid.

  2. LOL, you can’t pay for material like that.

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