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Inquisitor Hein
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« on: 12-02-2012 15:22 »

Howdy:)
First of all, this might be an extremely nitpicky and unimportant question.
I'll ask it anyway big grin :

I just watched "Bender's Big Score" again. The scene in which Dr. Goodensexy complained her name was "Cahill" made me wonder:
She pronounced it like "Cayhill", yet, when reading the written form of the name, I somehow expected the name to be pronounced more like "Cawhill" (like e.g. Caldwell).

So, a question to the native English speakers: Would the written name "Cahill" (without anyone saying to name aloud) be really be expected to be pronounced "Cayhill", or rather "Cawhill"

(Yep...I admit to it being a rather weird question smile )
futz
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« Reply #1 on: 12-02-2012 17:34 »
« Last Edit on: 12-02-2012 17:51 »

Kay-hill.

Hmm, I guess if you say it real fast it can sound a bit like Dr. Khill

It would have to be spelled Cawhill or Cauhill otherwise.

I think it is or Irish and/or English origin.
Mr Snrub

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« Reply #2 on: 12-03-2012 00:31 »

As a name, I'd expect it to be Cay-hill. As a random made up word, I guess it could be car-hill but I'd doubt it. It's like that Friends episode where they talk about why it's pronounced Spider-Man and not Spidermun like a last name.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #3 on: 12-03-2012 01:38 »

I've met a few people with the surname "Cahill", and I've heard two different ways of pronouncing it: "Cay-hill" and "Cay-ell"
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #4 on: 12-03-2012 02:33 »

Oh, is that how you pronounce it? I was reading it as 'Car hill'

Pffft, lol
My Manwich

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« Reply #5 on: 12-03-2012 10:14 »

Her name is Good and sexy.

nuff said.
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #6 on: 12-04-2012 20:02 »

Kay-hill is the pronunciation I'm familiar with.

Several words start with "ca" and utilize the "kay" sound. Cave, came, cape, cane, cage, for examples. And then you have other words like cat, caramel, cart, caltrop, cap, cast, and car, which don't. English is a wacky language.
futz
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« Reply #7 on: 12-04-2012 21:54 »

Just watch the beginning of "All the Presidents' Heads". You'll hear The Professor say her name early in the opalescence discussion.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #8 on: 12-06-2012 00:05 »

Kay-hill is the pronunciation I'm familiar with.

Several words start with "ca" and utilize the "kay" sound. Cave, came, cape, cane, cage, for examples. And then you have other words like cat, caramel, cart, caltrop, cap, cast, and car, which don't. English is a wacky language.
That's because the "e" at the end modifies the sound of the "a". Not really that wacky.
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #9 on: 12-06-2012 17:05 »
« Last Edit on: 12-06-2012 17:27 »

Cadge, capitulate, cause, cabbie.
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #10 on: 12-06-2012 23:00 »

Okay, you win. It's like the "I before E except after C" rule in that there's an uncountable number of exceptions.
Tastes Like Fry

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« Reply #11 on: 12-07-2012 00:54 »

I before E except after C, disproved by Science.

I don't know of any others, care to share?
UnrealLegend

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« Reply #12 on: 12-07-2012 05:07 »

Weird.
futz
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« Reply #13 on: 12-07-2012 06:00 »

Nah, you were right Unreal for a single syllable word. The ending "e" gives the "a" a long noun pronunciation.

cap    cape
pet    Pete
kit     kite
cop   cope
cut    cute
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #14 on: 12-08-2012 00:35 »

Your addendum is correct, futz. When the word is monosyllabic, it looks like the rule is it's that long A sound.

Re: the first post in this thread Hein, you mentioned the name Caldwell as an example of a surname with a different pronunciation from Cahill. Caldwell is a Scottish name, Cahill an Irish one, and both are sufficiently old to defy modern spelling/pronunciation conventions.

Kind of like people whose last name is Cockburn: they pronounce it "Co-burn". And then you get into the headaches of people who have the same last name but pronounce it differently. Some will use a faithful original language pronunciation and others a more standard English pronunciation.

Long story short - don't assume it's going to make any sense.
bendingunit32

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« Reply #15 on: 08-06-2013 03:47 »

My last name is Cahill and it is pronounced "kay-hill"
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #16 on: 08-12-2013 03:07 »

My last name is Cahill and it is pronounced "kay-hill"

Your last name is seriously Cahill? that's sweet!
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