Monday, 14 January 2008

It's All in a Name

So is it pronounced Gebbie as in Debbie or Geeby as in HeeBeeGeeBee? I came across the road in Taradale on my cycle ride. It is named after Thomas Gebbie who owned land before Taradale land was sold in 1873. His son William J Gebbie was a founding member of the Forresters Lodge in 1886. Until 1903 he was a coach driver on the old Taupo Road. I thought you would all like to know that!

1 comment:

  1. Marcel emailed to say:

    "Gebbie has to rhyme with Debbie. As with pebble, which isn't pronounced 'peeble', which is nearly a town in the Borders. Something to do with a double consonant hardening the preceding vowel, but remembering that - or trying to - has hurt my head, so I need to lie down now."

    So do I - Graham