Sarah Taraporewalla's Technical Ramblings

How Many O's in Woolloomooloo*

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I am often asked how to pronounce my surname. It's not too difficult, but for your benefit, I will now attempt at a phonetic guide to my last name. 
Essentially, it can be broken down into 3 parts: tara - pore - walla**
pronounced ta-ra. Like the girls name; like the house in Gone With The Wind (but without Vivian Leigh's accent please.)
pronounced like pour or poor. The 'e' is silent.
pronounced wa-lla. Not wall-a.
Put it all together and you get : ta-ra-pour-wa-la
I hope that helps. 
Please feel free to let me know how you thought it was pronounced or spelt.  


  • The title of this post comes from a riddle by C.J.Dennis:
How many O's in Woolloomooloo?
Two for the W, two for the M
Four for the Ls and thats plenty of them.
(Woolloomoloo is a suburb of Sydney, Australia)
** Oh - and I have one vowel for every consonant (I always lump the double Ls together)