Or reading something and pronouncing it really wacky?

My mom played the piano for years. She also had a real knack for framing things--as in artwork. Gorgeous choices. Expensively done. She had a Beethoven litho framed, but referred to it suddenly as BEET HOVEN. Where is it? I can't find it.

I had no idea what she was referring to. Pressed for more info as she had many. It's musical. It occurred to me.

Mom, it's a composer, right? Yes.

It is BEY toven print?


This was 8 years before dx.

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Yes she always wanted to go but could never tell me where she wanted to go. She would use the wrong name for the cafe. I noticed she always found new things along the roads that had been there for years. She would read billboards to me as we drove by them.
After she was diagnosed all of that stopped. Now her aphasia is so bad she seldom utters a word.
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Your mileage may vary. I get your point. I took piano lessons too. My mom monitored. Beethoven particularly. And it was not BEET HOVEN at that time. It was so sudden in her pronunciation.
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You have heard Beethoven described as BEET hoven? When your mom was a well educated person with a Ph.D.? And it comes out of the blue?

Maybe I should subsequently add, that when she moved into final house and I suggested that she contact her attorney just to make sure all ok with her stuff estate wise, she accused me of trying to have her committed.

No BEET Hoven was pretty out there given my mom. YMMV
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Ahmijoy Feb 2019
Well, perhals and most likely we do not share the same social circles but, yes, I have heard him referred to as “Beet-hoven”, even by people who could also pronounce Mussorgsky on the first try.

The attorney incident was certainly a sign of the paranoia and delusions that so often accompany dementia. Apples to oranges with the pronunciation incident.

And forgive me, but I am not familiar with “YMMV”.
i honestly don’t see much difference between the two pronunciations and wonder why you were so confused. This surely was a simple “slip of the lip” and not an indication of or a precursor to a brain disease. I’ve heard his name pronounced both ways equally by many.

However, when a LO exhibits garbled or slurred speech or is continuously searching for words, it’s time for a visit to the doctor.
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