Washington (CNN)Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced on Wednesday that he is launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.
How to pronounce Pete Buttigieg
But while Buttigieg will struggle with building national name recognition, voters will likely struggle with pronouncing his name.
Last year, his husband, Chasten, tweeted a list of possible pronunciations: "boot-edge-edge," "buddha-judge," "boot-a-judge" and "boo-tuh-judge."
In a Medium post from 2016, Buttigieg went with "boot-edge-edge."
Buttigieg's name is Maltese and roughly translates to "lord of the poultry."
But if Buttigieg is too tricky to pronounce, he has an easy work-around.
"Around South Bend, they just call me 'Mayor Pete,' and that's fine with me," he told reporters Wednesday.