On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 9 07:09:24 EST 2003


--- Charles Butler
<hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk> wrote:
> Johanna
> > >*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...
> >
> and Denise
> > 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.
> 
> Now I'm confused. I've always heard 'Aaron'
> pronounced in a different way
> again - but I'm not sure if I'm reading your
> phonetic spellings correctly.
> I'd say Aaron (rhyming roughly with 'Keep your hair
> on!') rather than Erin
> ('The Fall and Rise of Reginal Perrin'), still less
> Ahron ('A driveway to
> keep your car on').
> 
The only Aaron's I've ever come across pronounced
their name to rhyme with baron. I was once on another
list that got into regional pronounciations and
idioms, it was often quite suprising what quite
seperate locations had in common.

Jon


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