I was wondering what to write about so I figured I’d google “Muslim” to see what was up these days. Honestly, I already know what’s going on for the most part just by scrolling through my Facebook feed and my own general knowledge. Currently, the Hajj pilgrimage is happening right now in Saudi Arabia and we’re all gearing up to celebrate our holiday, Eid Al-Adha on Monday. And then there’s unfortunate incidents like this that popped up on my feed:
Bigot tried ripping off two Muslim women’s hijabs as they strolled with their babies in Brooklyn attack
Therefore, I didn’t really have to search for anything but I was curious.
The cool thing about searching for just one word in Google is that the search results will bring up the definition of the word, pronunciation, and all that. It’s pretty convenient when you want to confirm you know the definition of a word real quick.
So… this came up when I googled “Muslim”:
It’s always been a struggle to get people to pronounce “Muslim” the right way. For some reason, a lot of people can’t not make the “z” sound in the word or they heard it somewhere pronounced like that and assumed that was correct. A lot of us have accepted it while others hope that the people who do say it like that will eventually learn when they hear it properly said over and over again: with the “s” in the word sounding like an actual “s”, with an “ess” sound.
But if you freaking google it and you get the search engine telling you that it’s a “z”, what are you supposed to do if you happen to not know any better? The most well-intentioned person would get it wrong if they actually were trying to figure out how to properly say the word. Someone, somewhere, normalized the wrong pronunciation of “Muslim.”
I can see it now:
Newscaster: How do I even pronounce this word? *googles it* Ah, okay.
“Today, Mozlems from around the world are celebrating…”
If you do hear someone say “Muslim” with a “z,” be kind as they may not know any better. If you are the one who says it with a “z,” trust me when I say it would make a huge difference if it’s said properly.
On a related note: Been seeing this article here and there. It’s somewhat connected but this actually has way more of a negative impact than the above: The Lasting Impact of Mispronouncing Students’ Names