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[Opinions] Names with pronunciations that surprised you.
Have you ever seen a name written down and assumed it was pronounced one way, only to be surprised when you heard it spoken out loud?
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RosalieIn my head it was Roz-uh- lie which I really loved. I was disappointed to find out its Rosa-Lee
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Yes. Zeus and Colin comes to mind,
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I never really liked Viola in English because I thought it was vy-O-la which is just awkward to say but then I heard it as VY-o-la and loved it.I always thought there was no standardized pronunciation of Alicia in English (I pronounce it ah-LEE-see-ah in German), but in English I thought it was either ah-LISH-a or ah-LEE-sha and was surprised when I was told that it is always ah-LEE-sha.I was surprised to hear Evelyn as EEV-linn and EE-veh-linn in the UK, I thought it was always EHV-eh-linn.A friend of mine in the UK also says Eva like EH-va and not like EE-va which surprised me.My Scottish friends say Aileen as AY-leen and Eileen as EYE-leen.Everyone one is Scotland I ever met also says Ailís as AY-lish and not AY-leesh.
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I was surprised when I heard Georgiana said "Jor-JANE-uh". And I loved the name Thierry until I heard the pronunciation. It looks so beautiful but it sounds like a Long Island housewife saying "Terry". In my mind it was softer, like "thee-AIR-ee".

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Seconding Aloysius, I used to think it was a-LOY-zee-us. And when I was a little girl reading books in English, I thought Abigail was pronounced A-bi-jail and Phoebe was pronounced FOBE.
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AloysiusI took me forever to pronounce it right. I thought it was a-LOY-shus, apparently it's alo-ISH-us.
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