Names (was: Re: YotG - wee bittie spoilers)

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at
Wed Oct 11 14:47:38 EDT 2000

On Thu, 12 Oct 2000 16:19:23 +0100, otheng wrote:

>----- Original Message -----
>From: Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at>
>> On Wed, 11 Oct 2000 11:45:03 +0100, otheng wrote:
>> >But
>> >who's ever heard of a Gill or Gillian as a heroine?
>> Katharine Kerr's Deverry series has a Gillian, but her nickname is spelled
>> Jill (I imagine the J is for clarity, since most English speakers will
>> assume an initial G is hard).

>Most English English speakers recognise it as a diminutive of "Gillian" and
>use the soft "g". A lot of Americans I've only met online assume it is a
>hard "g" and, worse still, that I am male!

Oh, right!  I was thinking American English.  I am in the middle of teaching
my daughter to read, so I'm thinking phonics but not as other English
speakers use them.

Americans usually spell Gillian with a J, and if they see Gill they will
indeed assume what you said--because they think it's short for Gilbert.
(NOT pronounced Jill-bert.)

Melissa Proffitt
(off to listen to said child's reading)
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