OT : Names

Abe Gross argross at bigpond.net.au
Tue Sep 30 02:44:36 EDT 2003





> >Aside from Laurie in _Little Women_, every single Laurie (or Lori, which
> >to my mind is the *wrong* spelling, although seemingly the default one
> >here in the US anyway) I've ever encountered was female.  Is it different
> >outside the US?  It surprised me a bit to have you say my name isn't
> >gender-obvious. Do others see "Laurie" that way?
>
>  From my experience, Laurie is almost always male (short for Lawrence) in
> Australia, and almost always female in North America.
>
> Robyn



I may be generalizing here, but my impression is that there is an accent
difference too: Aussies pronounce Laurie (and Lori and Lauren) the same way
we'd say "lorry", whereas, to my ear anyway, Americans pronounce it the way
we'd say "lore-ry".

Ros

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