Liza Minnelli

Of course I know her name isn't pronounced 'Lisa'. Everyone does. She even had a television show in the 1970s called Liza with a Z. But the moment I learnt that she gets stroppy when people anglicise (or anglicize) her name, that was it: the word-gremlin began its evil work in my brain. I'm not sure what the technical name for this condition is, but it's that thing that makes you mention the War to Germans, or that happens when you ask a man with enormous, sticking-out ears to pass the salt and Read more [...]