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How would you pronounce Margery?

(56 Posts)
soundsystem Fri 04-Apr-14 12:38:36

I thought this was a simple name (unusual now but hard to get wrong) until DH said it.

Would you pronounce it with a hard G or soft G?

PotOfYoghurt Fri 04-Apr-14 12:39:45

Soft g, I have never heard it the other way. Mar-juh-ree

Faverolles Fri 04-Apr-14 12:40:17

Soft g

Bowlersarm Fri 04-Apr-14 12:40:45

Soft g.

TheHamster Fri 04-Apr-14 12:41:23

Soft g too.

squoosh Fri 04-Apr-14 12:42:03

Always a soft g.

MrsRuffdiamond Fri 04-Apr-14 12:42:46

Mar-jurree is the way I pronounce it! Have never heard it with a hard 'g'.

MyFabulousBoys Fri 04-Apr-14 12:43:23

Soft. Definitely.

KatnipEvergreen Fri 04-Apr-14 12:43:56


PigletJohn Fri 04-Apr-14 12:45:27

Soft g if you are English.

screamingskull Fri 04-Apr-14 12:45:54

hmm I would pronounce it Mar -jery, therefore I guess it's with a hard G?

snoggle Fri 04-Apr-14 12:46:16

Soft, always, have never heard it any other way.
Have heard people say margarine with a hard g though. Very odd.

picnicbasketcase Fri 04-Apr-14 12:46:21

Like margarine, without the n sound.

HecatePropylaea Fri 04-Apr-14 12:46:21

like marg(arine)
to rhyme with large, barge, etc

and the last bit more uh than eh
large-ry barge-ery marg-ery.


PigletJohn Fri 04-Apr-14 12:48:26

IIRC hard g is Greek derivation from "pearl" and some pedants used to say margerine that way for the same reason.

HorseyTwinkleToes Fri 04-Apr-14 13:00:11

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soundsystem Fri 04-Apr-14 13:06:28

Well that's pretty conclusive!

Seminyak Fri 04-Apr-14 13:12:36

Like Marjorie but I think Marjorie is a prettier way to spell it.

Seminyak Fri 04-Apr-14 13:13:03

I mean, I would read it with a hard G except for the fact I know it's pronounced Marjorie.

soundsystem Fri 04-Apr-14 13:14:26

@HecatePropylaea That's exactly how I would say it, but I seem to be in a minority.

Also, few people have said it's like margarine, which has baffled me. I'd say Mar-Jah-Reen 9(hard G) I have never, ever heard anyone pronounce margarine with a soft g. I'm so confused!

Obviously not as straightforward a name as I thought, anyway!

HorseyTwinkleToes Fri 04-Apr-14 13:19:01

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PigletJohn Fri 04-Apr-14 13:22:29

Or Margate.

charitygirl Fri 04-Apr-14 13:27:05

Well this is odd. What do you is 'a soft g' OP? Can you give us an example. Opinion seems to be united that margarine and Margery use a soft g.

MrsRuffdiamond Fri 04-Apr-14 13:28:42

My Godmother did pronounce margarine with a hard 'g', as in Gary. I think it might be an upper-class thing? (I'm definitely not, but she was, and very lovely as well!)

MrsRuffdiamond Fri 04-Apr-14 13:41:58

Op, do you mean that your soft 'g' is even softer, like the french 'je'? So, hard 'g' = Gary, medium 'g' = Joan, soft 'g' = 'Je' (french).

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