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Thread #162279   Message #3861244
Posted By: Senoufou
16-Jun-17 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: great Teresa's I have known
Subject: RE: BS: great Teresa's I have known
I've always known the name to be pronounced Ter-eeza (not Ter-eessa)

But Mother/Saint Teresa has always been pronounced Ter-ayza, which is curious,as she is not named after Teresa of Avila, but Therese of Lisieux (which would be pronounced terr-ezz)

The pronunciation with a hard 'z' in the middle is what makes the name Theresa Green funny. It sounds exactly as if one were saying 'Trees are green'

As for Annette Curtin, words failed me at just how daft parents can be!

(One of our teaching colleagues, a real wag if ever there was one, tried to convince us she once taught an unfortunate child called Ophelia Balls, which sounds like the name of a Drag Queen to me. We didn't believe her.)