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Old 12-11-2016, 11:31 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I know, but that's how some people (especially Brits and Australians) interpret "mah." So just checking, to be on the safe side.



Maira and Mayra are usually Hispanic names, and they're pronounced "Myra."
Ah. I have not ever heard either name.
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Old 12-11-2016, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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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.
The "a" in "cat" isn't a long "a" not does it rhyme with "carry" where I come from.
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Old 12-11-2016, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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For me (having mostly lived in various Midwest and West locations) "cat" is a 1 syllable word with the short "a" sound.

Carry rhymes with Carrie, Mary and tarry.
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Old 12-11-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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For me (having mostly lived in various Midwest and West locations) "cat" is a 1 syllable word with the short "a" sound.

Carry rhymes with Carrie, Mary and tarry.
That's how it's said where I come from.
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Old 12-11-2016, 01:14 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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For me (having mostly lived in various Midwest and West locations) "cat" is a 1 syllable word with the short "a" sound.

Carry rhymes with Carrie, Mary and tarry.
Thanks. Where I am, carry, Carrie, and tarry have the short A and rhyme with one another, but Mary does not.

The OP should just name her kid what she wants and pronounce how she wants! We will never all say things the same way!

My dd is Adele. You'd think no one could mispronounce that one, eh? Well...twice I've encountered southerners who called her AY-dell.
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Old 12-11-2016, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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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.
That's how I say Marry-oh, too. But you have to be careful. Where I live now, people pronounce "cat" and "Mary" with the same sound for "a."

Are you from NJ? (I am, so it's Marry-oh, and of course, I pronounce Mara the same way. Not Mah-ruh.)
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Old 12-11-2016, 01:33 PM
 
Location: America's Expensive Toilet
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This. Parents do their kids a great disservice when they choose a name that is commonly pronounced one way but they then spell it some other way. Anyone whose name is spelled Laura is going to have it pronounced as Lora. If these parents had wanted to have their daughter's name pronounced Lara (with the first A like in car) then they should have spelled it that way.

It's all well and good to talk about being "unique" and "creative" in picking names for one's kids. But just remember, the kid is going to have to have that name (mis)spelled and (mis)pronounced for the rest of his/her life.
As someone with a good friend named Lara, this rings very true. She has spent her whole life having to hear her name mispronounced, miswritten, and has never been able to buy a personalized tourist keychain (but that's another issue). For whatever reason people think Lara is Laura or Lora. Lara Croft Tomb Raider's propularity did nothing to help.

To this day she still has new coworkers and such ask her for clarification on her name pronunciation... it's only 4 letters people. Stop imagining the "u"! Haha

OP, if you like Mara it should be pronounced Mar-ah.
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:17 PM
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That's how I say Marry-oh, too. But you have to be careful. Where I live now, people pronounce "cat" and "Mary" with the same sound for "a."

Are you from NJ? (I am, so it's Marry-oh, and of course, I pronounce Mara the same way. Not Mah-ruh.)
Yup, lifelong NJ resident. Where we drink cawfee.
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Old 12-11-2016, 07:15 PM
 
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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.
I know one.
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Old 12-11-2016, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I know one.
No doubt. From this thread, it seems that there are 3 ways it can be pronounced. I don't think any one is "more correct" than any other.
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