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#1 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:32 AM

I was at the zoo yesterday, a mum with an Aussie accent and a boy named Noah had a girl she called Sophie but said like "o" like soft.

I thought - what? That's just setting the kid up for years of correcting the whole world and having them all think she's a tool.

Am I missing some original pronunciation?

This was definitely her Mum and Noah was definitely said Noah and they all had Aussie accents.

#2 ~Supernova~

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:36 AM

Perhaps the girl's father is not Australian? Maybe her name is Sophia and they call her Sophi sometimes?

#3 MummaDiva

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:38 AM

She was saying it like Sophia with no "a"?

Could she possibly be saying "Soph" with a really broad accent?

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:38 AM

The part on England my Mum comes from that is how they pronounced Sophie...(she had a cousin Sophie).

Perhaps the child was named after a relative? Or perhaps it was a nickname?

#5 la di dah

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:42 AM

I'm going to pretend she's probably named Sophronia (A name I read in a Victorian-era book as a kid, and never seen IRL).

#6 paddyboo

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:44 AM

QUOTE (Mareek @ 23/02/2012, 10:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Perhaps the girl's father is not Australian? Maybe her name is Sophia and they call her Sophi sometimes?

This sounds likely..

#7 Bam1

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:45 AM

No the little girl is not the tool of the piece here.

OP why worry about someone not pronouncing a name as you would, there are all sorts of reasons.

They may have had Aussie accents but they could have been of a different heritage, my Swedish friend speaks with an Aussie accent because she learnt her English living in an Aussie share house

#8 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:46 AM

Not with an a, definitely Sophie.

Even if Dad wasn't Australian, where would the Sophie said that way come from and why didn't her mum say "yeah, that's nice but it's not going to work in Australia"!

I still like the name, but assuming it's also spelt the usual way - it's just 70+ years of correcting people which seems a bit unfair.

#9 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:50 AM

Bam1 roll2.gif yes, I accept that is a bit harsh of me!

I was thinking of personal experience where a girl at my school was called Sonia and her parents called her Sonia but she didn't like it and spent dedicated years arguing with people to call her sewn-ya.

Which is fine, it's what she wanted and she was very determined (I doubt she ever talked her mum around though!) but odd pronunciation is a bit like odd spelling - it's all well and good to be unique but you're not the one who has to spend their life correcting people.

As someone who spends her life correcting people...it gets very old, very quick.

#10 ~Supernova~

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:52 AM

QUOTE (Dinosaurus @ 23/02/2012, 10:46 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not with an a, definitely Sophie.

Even if Dad wasn't Australian, where would the Sophie said that way come from and why didn't her mum say "yeah, that's nice but it's not going to work in Australia"!

I still like the name, but assuming it's also spelt the usual way - it's just 70+ years of correcting people which seems a bit unfair.

French for one I believe. And I don't see how it can't "work" in Australia? I see it as vastly less unfair then any number of uneek names that people foist upon their children. At least Sophie is a real name, and it's a bit rude to criticise the pronunciation when her family may very well be foreign...  huh.gif

#11 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:57 AM

Apologies, I agree it's rude, just badly worded WDYT - I am very good at badly wording things laughing2.gif

I have a Neice called Sophie in northern England, she is pronounced the other way. I have a French friend who's sister is pronounced the other way and it's nit Italian.

Never mind, I shall be a tool (again - sigh!)


Edited by Dinosaurus, 23 February 2012 - 09:58 AM.

#12 Gemmar

Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:08 PM

I reckon it was just her accent I know someone that pronounces her son's name Toby that way.

#13 leisamd

Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:38 PM

My neighbours from el salvador pronounce their sophia's name like that, Soh-fee. (sophie for short)  I actually don't know how they spell her name, I wonder if it's with an f or ph...

#14 Imaginary friend

Posted 23 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

OP did you see the name written down or just hear the mother say it - if its the former, fair enough, I guess - but if its the latter, it might not even be Sophie, it could be another name altogether or a nick name or a fun family name nothing to do with childs real name -I often call my kids Kiddo or Miss Muffett or Jelly-legs or other nonsense names - can imagine someone starting a thread about what a tool I am to give such names to a child

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