Thursday, September 21, 2006


Today I was invited to join the Facebook group "Muellers of the World Unite." After excitedly accepting, I read "the wall" (Facebook's discussion board feature) and learned that I am not alone in being mocked by the clever many who have launched into full-blown impromptu renditions of the gone absent scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "Bueller, Bueller?" Yeah, I know. Horrifying or hillarious, it remains a don't-choke-on-your-tongue laugh riot after twenty friggin' years.

That's right, "Muellers of the World Unite" is an invitation-only group (still in its infancy, mind you, with merely 140 more than 200 members) largely concerned with mispronunciation: as often mill-er or mull-er as the preferred mew-ler. The seventh cousins and other kin-folk are outraged by such egregious treatments of the surname.

I kept on reading the fourteen wall-posts, and than, feeling good about being surrounded by like-named people, I found this treasure in the "Recent News": "This just in: Muellers are better then you."

No, I haven't been invited to take a leadership role in the group. I only ask that next time you are tempted to let fly with your impersonation of a nasally teacher uncomprehending of delinquency from school--"Mueller? Mueller"--tune the pronunciation.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at September 21, 2006 1:40 PM to Networks

Hey, I know how you feel. I'll have to check it out for myself!

Posted by: Marcia at September 22, 2006 9:28 AM

Yeah, Marcia, the Mueller group was...

You are the contributor of the 1,500th comment at EWM.

This means that I owe you a beer. Improbable timing, too, for this comment, considering no. 1000 came exactly 364 days ago.

I was saying "Yeah, Marcia, the Mueller group was a good find. That it picked up over 200 members yesterday indicates just how pervasive the mispronunciation plague has become."

Posted by: Derek at September 22, 2006 9:53 AM