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Old 12-10-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Is that Mah as in cat or Mah as in far?


Mah as in cat?

Mah as as in car or far. That is how I've typically heard it and how a family member with that name pronounces it. Not "Mary-o". But it wouldn't surprise me if there were people that pronounced it that way.
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Old 12-10-2016, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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We had that issue- Lana. Is it Lane-ah or Lawn-ah. People say both and we correct them that its LAWN-AH. Youll run into that too.

I like MAR-AH
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:18 AM
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And to answer your pronunciation, I read it as the "a" sound in car. I think if you wanted it to rhyme with Cara or Tara you would have to change the spelling to Maira. A local news reporter where I live is named Mara and it is always pronounced as I mentioned.
Maira doesn't look like it rhymes with Tara or Cara. I would say May-ra, but you don't say Tay-ra or Cay-ra.

Well...maybe you do!

I read Mara as sounding like marriage.
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:20 AM
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Odd . . . I've always thought Maura was pronounced More-uh.
It usually is.
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:22 AM
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No, you are incorrect here. In some dialects, LAW-ra is the usual and correct way to pronounce Laura. In the same way, Lawrence may be either LOR-ence or LAW-rence depending on where you are. It is not about ignorance. It is not about misspelling or mispronunciation. It's just about people with different accents saying things different ways.

By the way, English and Australian people think the way most Americans pronounce Harry and hairy the same way is ridiculous and "wrong." There are many other examples.
I am an American and i am amused when people say Hairy for Harry and Barey for Barry. It's just a matter of regional variations, though.
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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Mah as in cat?
I know, but that's how some people (especially Brits and Australians) interpret "mah." So just checking, to be on the safe side.

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Maira doesn't look like it rhymes with Tara or Cara. I would say May-ra, but you don't say Tay-ra or Cay-ra.
Maira and Mayra are usually Hispanic names, and they're pronounced "Myra."
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My husband and I are thinking of naming our child Mara. We were between Mila, Madelyn and Maya but wanted something less trendy and popular. There are 2 ways we could pronhounce Mara. Either Mar-ah pronouncing mar as in car or Mar-uh and pronouncing mar as in marriage and similar to Dara/Kara/Tara. Which do you think sounds better?
I like the first pronunciation, but I'll throw in yet another option for you. I met a little girl named Mali (Mah-li) and I think it's a cute name. And she is one spunky girl.
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:32 AM
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Mah as in cat?

Mah as as in car or far. That is how I've typically heard it and how a family member with that name pronounces it. Not "Mary-o". But it wouldn't surprise me if there were people that pronounced it that way.
You are leaving out Mario as in carry-o. (Carry not rhyming with Mary as I think it does in some regions, but with an "a" as in "cat".) That's how it is said where I live, not Mahrio OR Mary-o.
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Old 12-11-2016, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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You are leaving out Mario as in carry-o. (Carry not rhyming with Mary as I think it does in some regions, but with an "a" as in "cat".) That's how it is said where I live, not Mahrio OR Mary-o.
Yes. Where I've lived, carry and Mary rhyme.
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Old 12-11-2016, 11:30 AM
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Yes. Where I've lived, carry and Mary rhyme.
Ok. So does "cat" have a distinct "short A" sound(as I would use in "carry") or is that also made long, as in "cay-it"? Just curious as to whether you have any short A sound at all in your dialect.

I know the short E is missing from a lot of American dialects, so that "pin" and "pen" sound the same.
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