Two days ago, we contemplated the wonders of the short Polish-American surname Dzwil. Today we turn to a much longer, but equally wondrous, Hungarian-American surname, the one in the title of this post.
For some seemingly impenetrable Hungarian surnames, it helps an English speaker to have mnemonic devices to produce a passable pronunciation. An example is the surname of the Berkeley Sinologist, Mark Csikszentmihalyi. Mark is the son of the Chicago, and later Claremont, psychologist and management specialist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (in Hungarian orthography that would be Csíkszentmihályi Mihály). Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the creator of the concept of "flow", a highly focused mental state.
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