Strictly a pronunciation question

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sat Jan 20 21:32:24 UTC 2001

Kimberley and Belinda--ugh!

At 03:16 PM 1/20/01 -0500, you wrote:
>Now now larry. What did the Brits name them?
>>At 10:11 PM -0800 1/19/01, Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
>>>Have you been following the transatlantic adoption mess?  If not,
>>>there are twin girls who were given up for adoption by their birth
>>>mother.  A couple in California adopted them after paying $6000 with
>>>a promise of another $2500 when they had it.  After having the girls
>>>for a little while, the birth mother came to visit and supposedly to
>>>say goodby.  She took them and never returned.  Turns out she then
>>>gave them to a British couple who paid $12,200.  Definitely a lousy
>>>However, the articles have said that the California couple named the
>>>6 month old girls Kiara and Keyara.  How do you pronounce these???
>>>At first glance they would seem to be identical, but maybe one has an
>>>i macron in first syllable and the other an e macron?  Maybe one has
>>>an ash as second vowel and the other a broad a?
>>Strictly a pronunciation question my foot--this is prima facie
>>evidence for a judgment in favor of the British couple.
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