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to be a bit fed up with all this Anna/ARNA business

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itsnotjustastick Mon 22-Dec-14 17:46:15

Its finally getting on my tits!

I can cope with the songs
I can cope with the invasion onto EVERY product

I can even cope with incessant begging on FB 'does anyone have a spare...?'

But really hearing people say 'ARNA' instead of Anna just tips me over the edge and makes me lose my Christmas spirit.

I know that that's how her name is pronounced in the film, but i live in England and we say ANNA.

[trots off to open the christmas sherry early]

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 22-Dec-14 17:48:42

When I first saw the film I didn't expect to see it spelt as Anna. The whole Frozen fiasco is doing my head in now. I like it as a film but I'm sick to death of all the adverts and overpriced dolls and toys in every corner!

Fanfeckintastic Mon 22-Dec-14 17:48:42

DD now says "snowmain", I feel your pain angry

DandyHighwayman Mon 22-Dec-14 17:49:31

WINCE at snowmain

ClariceBeanthatsme Mon 22-Dec-14 17:50:41

Get ready to be told to "let it goooo" grin

BertieBotts Mon 22-Dec-14 17:51:03

But it's not an American pronunciation (which seems to be the thing people get upset about, e.g. snowmayn) it's a Scandanavian/North European pronunciation, which is where the film is set.

And technically it's Ahna, before all of the rhotic speakers complain there is no R grin

NobodyLivesHere Mon 22-Dec-14 17:51:51

yanbu. My sister is named Anna and just the other day said her name has suddenly changed how it's pronounced after 30 odd years. Annoying as hell.

fatballerina Mon 22-Dec-14 17:51:57

Yes to snowmain and Arna!dd and her friend nearly came to blows the other day over how it's pronounced-dd is firmly in the Anna camp!They are 5!fgrin

PrimalLass Mon 22-Dec-14 17:55:31

DD says O-na. If I say Anna she tells me I am wrong. Thankfully no Arna here (can't do that one in a Scottish accent as it becomes Arrrrrna).

LynetteScavo Mon 22-Dec-14 17:57:34

I really wanted to call DD Anna (its her middle name) - now I'm glad I didn't.

When I watch the film I hear Anna as Honour/Ona

StrattersThePreciousSnowflake Mon 22-Dec-14 18:17:21

She's not English, she's Scandinavian, and it's the Scandinavian pronunciation; it would be far odder if she pronounced her name with an English or American accent. hmm

TarkaTheOtter Mon 22-Dec-14 18:20:35

But she has an American accent Stratters, so I don't think it would be weird.

CrohnicChristmas Mon 22-Dec-14 18:31:16

I call her Ahna, just the same as the German lady I know is An-drey-ah not Andrea as we would pronounce it. And I know a Mar-ee - the Mar is emphasised and rhymes with car, but it's spelt Marie. That one really surprised me, I didn't expect it to be spelled like that!

Anyway, isn't the pronounciation an integral part of someone's name? I can just see the AIBU- AIBU to refuse to answer to Anna when they know it's pronounced Ahna? And the replies- YANBU, your name is Arna and people should call you it, otherwise they may as well call you Fred!

Trills Mon 22-Dec-14 18:33:55


Not AR-na

This is like when Northern people claim that Southerners say "BAR-th" instead of Baff.

We don't. We say BAH-th.

And since Bath is in the South, we are RIGHT.

Tacanya Mon 22-Dec-14 18:34:19

It is weird that americans say posta instead of pasta too.. giving an italian word an english pronounciation.

Is it just with anna? Do americans say onneliese, onnabel, onita...

Tacanya Mon 22-Dec-14 18:36:31

Oh (lightbulb)

Is that how the scandinavians would say it? Onna? That explains how Onna became normal pronouciation for Anna in tge usa

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 22-Dec-14 18:36:34

Trills my northern relatives are forever trying to correct me on the bath pronunciation!! And glass. I pron it as GLAHS same as BAH-TH but apparently I'm wrong

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 22-Dec-14 18:38:33

Tacanya I've witnessed this with the name Ariane. I pronounce it Aree-Ahn/Ann but they pronounce it Ori-ahn

GlitzAndGigglesx Mon 22-Dec-14 18:39:21

Found this on Internet...

The landscapes moviegoers viewed in Frozen also aren’t simply drawn up in artists’ heads — they are inspired by the mountains the Frozen team witnessed in person when they took a Disney Animation research trip to Norway. The Fjord Norway region was used as a model for the movie’s Scandinavian setting, and the scenery was designed to remain true to life.

Spadequeen Mon 22-Dec-14 18:40:50

Really, that's the biggest bugbear you have?!

My name would bug you then too. Same spelling, 2 different ways of saying it. If some says my name wrong on seeing it written down I don't have a problem, if someone knows how it's pronounced and still say it the other way it's irritating. Why is it so difficult for you to say ah-na? Why is it a problem?

And yes I do know she's not a real person so she won't care, but one day your dd might meet a girl called Anna pronounced the frozen way and it would be wrong of her to insist on using the wrong one.

Spadequeen Mon 22-Dec-14 18:43:02

That all made sense in head!

Showy Mon 22-Dec-14 18:47:12

I live in England and we say Anna. I do agree with you there op. When talking about somebody whose name is Anna, pronounced Anna. The lass from Frozen isn't English, nor is she American as other people have pointed out. The pronunciation is valid for her origin.

Is this one of those sneer at the Americans and the way they speak threads? We haven't had one for a while.

Has anybody moaned about Hallowe'en yet?

hhhhhhh Mon 22-Dec-14 18:48:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SconeRhymesWithGone Mon 22-Dec-14 18:55:01

Americans don't say snowmain or posta.

PookBob Mon 22-Dec-14 18:58:37

But they do say 'erbs' which makes me wince.

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