[Ads-l] New feminine name

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 20 09:29:45 EDT 2016


My wife's name is Stanley.   


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Her last name.   

LH
 
> On Oct 20, 2016, at 6:35 AM, Margaret Lee <0000006730deb3bf-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
> 
> One of my high school female classmates is named Stanley. President Obama's mother's name was Stanley Ann Dunham.
> --Margaret Lee
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>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:46 AM
> Subject: Re: New feminine name
> 
> FWIW, the two sisters in _In This Our Life_ (1942) are named Stanley (Bette
> Davis) and Roy (Olivia de Havilland).
> 
> JL
> 
> On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 7:14 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:51 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> We've seen female "Johnnies" before, but "John" is (for now) a novelty.
>> 
>> 
>> Well, as a matter of fact, one of my childhood friends had a sister called
>> "John." Of course, her name was spelled _Jeanne_, the family being
>> "geechies" originally from New Orleans. As far as I can tell, the kind of
>> speaker that Richard Pryor referred to as "the *real* soul-brother" is
>> *still* unaware of the existence of simple /ʒ/ as opposed to /dʒ/.
>> "Measure" rhyming with "ledger" sounds way out even to me.
>> 
>> OTOH, there are a lot of white people on both coasts who regard _Jeanne_ as
>> the cool way to spell "Jeanie."
>> 
>> And there's the Boston pronunciation of _Therese_ - "Tuh-raze" in my
>> dialect - as "Treece"
>> 
>> --
>> -Wilson
>> -----
>> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
>> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>> -Mark Twain
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