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It's All In The Name

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I’ve been on a tangent to find the proper pronunciation of my first name, Caitlin.

I usually just go by my nickname Courti, from my middle name Courtney, but I want the true pronunciation of Caitlin.

I’ve read that ‘kate-lyn’ is an Americanization pronunciation, or that the movies thought it sounded prettier.

I’ve come across some different ways to say it like: cawt-leen, koyt-leen, cawtch-leen, catch-leen Which is right?

After all, you don’t hear ‘Sean’ pronounced ‘seen’ or ‘Seamus’ pronounced ‘see mus’, Yvette pronounced 'Y' vette, I've heard 'Ian' pronounced 'I'an and 'Eye-an'

So, why not pronounce Caitlin the proper way.

Although, for whatever reasons, some Sean’s may call themselves ‘Seen’.

I just read that the Irish don't have the letter 'K' or 'H'. Is that right?!

If anyone can advise me of what is proper I’d appreciate it.

  
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-COURT- 9/6/2011 4:31PM

    Nóirín, that's a pretty name too. I didn't know about the 'in'. I'm already 'small' as I'm only 4'8". lol Not the small I wanted though.
I wish I had the accent over the last 'i'. I like the 'een'.
I'll still pronounce the 'een'.



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DONEGIRL 9/6/2011 4:58AM

    Hi again. I looked at that link suggested and I have to say some of the pronunciations are distinctly dodgy! You can of course pronounce your name however you want! Do you know that the -ín ending means little? My name is Nóirín meaning little Nora ( a state I am hoping to achieve with Spark People). The pronunciation I gave you is the correct one in the Irish (Gaelic) language. However the form of the name that is most common here is Kathleen (pronounced Cath-leen)as in the old song 'I'll take you home again Kathleen'.

Comment edited on: 9/6/2011 4:58:51 AM

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-COURT- 9/5/2011 10:53AM

    Pat, I wasn't able to click on this. I tried to copy and past but I couldn't get the second line to paste. I think there is a button to add a link when you type a post. I'll still try to get it. Thanks.
How have you been doing? Are you ready for BLC 17?
No, looking at this post, they don't have the 'add a link' button. I'll try to copy and paste it into a document then I"ll have the whole line together. They make it so hard. lol

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KIN59VARA 9/5/2011 9:53AM

    http://www.babynamesofireland.com/p
ages/girl-names-a-c.html
>Hope this link works it has the pronunciation and meaning of name.

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-COURT- 9/5/2011 8:40AM

    Donegirl, does that mean without an accent above the 'i', I can't pronounce it 'leen'? I love that sound, very Irish. I could still tell people that is how I'd like it pronounced, huh?
That is very interesting of the letters you don't use. We get so used to what we do and use that we forget that other countries are very different in some ways. I'd love to travel and visit other countries to see the various traditions etc.
I love learning about other places and meeting people. I live in Florida so we have many other nationalities. Rare to find a Floridian. lol JUST KIDDING FLORIDIANS.

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DONEGIRL 9/5/2011 5:07AM

    Hi Courti. I think I can help. Kate-lyn is an americanization of the old irish name Caitlin. The correct spelling (in Irish) is Caitlín with an accent on the final 'i' called a síne fada meaning a lengthening sign. This makes the last syllable sound like -een. Without the accent it would just be pronounced 'in'. Now for the first syllable I am struggling to help you to pronounce it! I think the closest is a sound between Cotch-leen and Cawtch-leen but remember that the w sound is very short there is no -caw sound. Irish does not have the letters J,K,Q,V,W,X,Y or Z but it does have H. I hope this helps!


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NERISSAFAYE 9/4/2011 12:25AM

    Not sure if this helps but my niece in New Zealand is Caitlin and the family pronounces is "Kate-lyn" although with their accent sometimes it almost sounds like "Kite-lyn" :-) I do really like that name...

Joy

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NIMAWEYGH 9/3/2011 11:02PM

    So your name is Caitlin Courtney? Wow that is just a beautiful name no matter how you pronounce it. I have always said Kate-lyn for your first name but I guess that is just because I have always heard it pronounced that way. My great great grandma was Klaytia which is clay-tee-ah, Karma So she was Klaytia Karma Frances................quite a mouthful but I love it as well. Now I am the 5th generation of Frances in my family.

I hope someone can help you out on this one. I can't wait to hear the feed back.

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Laxadaisical

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Okay, so I can't spell it or probably pronounce it properly, but the meaning is still there. I'm in a lazy mode.

I haven't been trying as hard as I should on my challenges, but I have one week before another team starts up. I'm hoping to get my mojo sparked by then....mojo?? Maybe that isn't the right word either.

  
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NIMAWEYGH 9/1/2011 10:30PM

    Can you pass on that emoticon to me as well cause I sure am in a mode of lethargy...............giggle snort LAZY to the bone although I have been doing some stuff my eating and exercise is not what I think it should be either. Come on BLC. emoticon see I just drop off a the thought of doing anything......... emoticon

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-COURT- 9/1/2011 9:45AM

    Thanks Cindy. Love that site. I'll have to find some other words in.

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BRIGI28 9/1/2011 9:41AM

    I love this word.

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TRILLIUM22 9/1/2011 9:38AM

    I knew what you meant and it sure caught my attention. It's lackadaisical and if you want to hear it pronounce http://dictionary.reference.com/bro
wse/lackadaisical

emoticon Here's a small bolt of energy and a emoticon Kick in the butt.

Good Luck.

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CoHP Chamber Seven: The Mirror of Erised

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This challenge is to blog on our deepest desire.

Lately I've been so family oriented. I don't have any in the line of family where I live. I do have the in-laws though.

I'd love to be part of a large family. To have siblings with a background of fun memories. I've created storylines of having a large family, but just fictional stories written in diary form.

I do have a brother and sister, but we weren't raised together and not close now. The more people I lose the more I want the safety of a large family.

But, since that is impossible I guess the next best desire would be to be safe and healthy.

It looks like Hurricane Irene will miss the Florida coast, so that desire is met, for now.

  
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LITTLEWIND53 8/26/2011 9:45PM

    I come from a family of 9 kids (only 8 grew up) and we are all so different. So many of my siblings do not accept the others as individuals, only if we do and think what they want us to and if we break from that, we become a pariah... I can't remember the number of times I have been told that I "shouldn't think that way" or "shouldn't feel that way" I am constantly told I am wrong. I was told what kind of education I should pursue, what kind of career, that I should not think of working once married, and I shouldn't get a divorce. My thoughts and feeling were totally pushed aside as of no consequence.

No, I would not wish a large family on anyone, especially one like the one I came from....

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-COURT- 8/26/2011 9:01PM

    That's true. I have a lot of sisters in Spark.

"Mom, she's talking to me!"

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MDMNINA 8/26/2011 11:43AM

    You may not have a large family. But you DO have a large circle of friends!

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AZHURE_SUNSOAR 8/24/2011 8:46PM

    my dad was one of 14...and him and his twin got adopted out...i think it was too big a family:P i have 2 brothers no sisters. my big brother is a few provinces away and i havent seen him since june 08. we still talk once every 6 months or so and have occasional contact through facebook but i don't think it will ever be the way it used to and that sucks:( my little brother is quite aloof and has his own life but i still see him when we have family birthday celebrations and holidays but i know how you feel about a family but a distant one :( and good thing about the hurricane i bet:P

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CoHP: My progress

Monday, August 22, 2011

We visited Hogsmeade this week, each day was a different task.

I did a little better with my exercise last week, used my treadmill, relaxed with friends playing cards, I didn't make a new recipe but we did have the General Tsa (sp) chicken and rice. Idrank as much water as I can, but I never make the 8 glasses.

  


CoHP:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I lost a couple pounds since Wed wigh in. Cardio challenges have helped. I'm trying to get the 5 freggies in, but seems I only do that when I have a challenge. I do have at least one freggie a day though!

  


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