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Subject: Pronunciation both in the US and globally
Author: Lillian   (Authenticated as LillianAMS)
Date: June 30, 2006 at 3:02:40 PM
This might sound like splitting hairs, but I'm interested to know. My friend has a baby boy named Sawyer. She pronounces his name exactly as SAW-yer, very clearly saying SAW almost like SAH, and -yer, whereas I have always said SOY-er. Seems to me in movies I've heard it said Tom SOYer. It's the same difference for us with the word lawyer: LAWyer vs. LOYer. Now, we're both from small towns in Texas, albeit small ones. Recognizing that sheer spelling is on her side, I think she's the only person I've ever heard say it SAWyer. How does everyone else say Sawyer?

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