On names, changing them, and pronunciation
mustang at sonic.net
Sun Mar 9 02:00:33 EST 2003
johanna danced around singing:
>Huh. I would always say Pah-rish--more like Paaah-rish, but not in a
>Bostonian way. It's my sometimes nasal (if I'm exaggerating it for comic
>effect) Northeast (possibly just NY) accent.
I think it'd be just the NY region, as according to him nobody in Vermont
or the DC area uses the "ah" sound for his name. Odd thing is, I believe
his mother is from St. Louis, and she has no problem pronouncing it
beautifully. I'm not sure where his father was from, just that the name
was borrowed from a surname of a guy in the South.
>*cough* OK. Pet peeve of mine. People who say "Aaron" & "Erin" the same. I
>grew up w/someone named Aaron & believe you me, it was always Aaaaaron.
>Not Eh-rin. There are two "a"s instead of an "er" there for a reason. ^_~
>No one not native to the NY metro area seems to believe me, though...
I can't say it as "Aaron" either -- it's "Erin" in sound to me. I'm
starting to feel like perhaps I have a speech impediment, always unable to
get this "ah" sound correct! *snicker* What other words have a similar
"a" in them, so I can try to apply it to "Aaron"? I'm trying "Ah-ron" but
it sounds silly even if I just whisper it.
What I think is sad is that nobody in my area (Northern California) can say
"Denise" correctly, and most of them can't spell it either. I'm almost
confused at this point as to how to say it "correctly" because I've heard
it mispronounced so often! (Danice, Dennys, Dee-nice...one wouldn't think
that it would be uncommon enough to mangle.)
Denise DeGraf ~~ http://www.sonic.net/mustang/moggy
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