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Subject: Re: Muriel / Mariel and English dialects
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: March 3, 2008 at 10:24:12 PM
Reply to: Muriel / Mariel and English dialects by Lumia
Standard (BBC newsreader) British (when in the UK I pass for a posh native!) definitely distinguishes them. It's Muriel with a You, or Mew like a cat, and Mariel either Mare- like the female horse or Ma-ree-el, with a very short final syllable and the first vowel like the one in At and Cat. In fact, when I say it, it's Ariel, like Sharon, with an M.

A lot of people seem to dislike the Muriel version, so it could well be that Mariel isn't so much a confusion of sounds as a conscious avoidance. I think Mariel sounds much better, though Muriel belonged to two beloved relatives so I've got no bad associations.

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