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When I meet someone called "Sandra" I never know whether to pronounce their name "Sand-ra" or "Sahn-dra". I'm guessing it used to be "Sahn-dra" but with the influence of Sandra Bullock more people now seem to say "Sand-ra". I think this is especially so in Australia where, in NSW at least, they say "dance" not "dahnce". Here in New Zealand I'm not so sure.

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In Britain, Northerners say Sand-ra, where Southerners say Sahn-dra. Sandra Bullock was born in Virginia, so I guess it should really depend what the local accent is there. But I'll continue to refer to her as Sand-ra, just as I call the capital of France Pa-riss - in defiance of the inhabitants, who insist on calling it Pa-ree. – FumbleFingers Nov 3 '11 at 22:25
...but note that when you meet someone called anything at all, good manners dictate that you do your level best to reproduce the sound of their name the way they give it to you. – FumbleFingers Nov 3 '11 at 22:29
...only problem is you have to be listening (actively) when they introduce themselves - I never am :( – ChrisWerry Nov 3 '11 at 22:54
This is one case where Yahoo Answers might be helpful. – Daniel Nov 5 '11 at 12:17
@drɱ65 δ: Der... Most of that Yahoo Answers thread is taken up with bloody Northerners saying that poncy Southerners with their long a's are just talking "posh". – FumbleFingers Nov 6 '11 at 4:14

There's actually a video that demonstrates how to pronounce both "Cassandra" and "Sandra" with a British accent.

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+1 in spirit (I've run out of votes today). One up to the Southerners! – FumbleFingers Nov 8 '11 at 18:55
@FumbleFingers: I've never bumped up against my vote limit. I guess I should vote more often... :-b – Gnawme Nov 8 '11 at 18:58
@Gnawme: There's a couple of badges in it if you do! – Hugo Nov 8 '11 at 22:45
@Hugo: I'll look for opportunities to do so, then! But when I see relatively simple, straightforward answers getting massively upvoted, I sometimes wonder about the utility of the process. – Gnawme Nov 8 '11 at 22:53

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