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Subject: Re: Social Security list, spellings combined, boys, top 300
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: May 9, 2009 at 10:32:41 AM
Reply to: Re: Social Security list, spellings combined, boys, top 300 by RachelChristine
Well, your friend, not the student, is the one using the pronunciation that fits the normal spelling conventions of English. :)

This is always somewhat subjective, and of course there is little one can do with spellings that have two or more different common pronunciations. In the USA, Ciara can be pronounced as "see-ARE-uh", or can be an alternative pronunciation of Sierra, or can be the original Irish Gaelic spelling of Keira and pronounced that way. So there is no way to combine the girls named Ciara with anything else, even though you know most of them are being pronounced identically with other common spellings.

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