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How do you pronounce Beatrice?

(60 Posts)
Difficultchoice Mon 16-Nov-15 10:12:04

beer-triss or bee-a-triss

Or some other way?

Raia Mon 16-Nov-15 10:12:43


celtictoast Mon 16-Nov-15 10:15:18


Ihatechoosingnames Mon 16-Nov-15 10:15:38

Beer-triss when I say it

SoupDragon Mon 16-Nov-15 10:17:22


whatdoIget Mon 16-Nov-15 10:18:35

Beer triss
If not, the "beer tricks potter"joke wouldn't work

smellsofsick Mon 16-Nov-15 10:22:41

Italian girl in DD's class pronounces it Bee-ah-tree-chay

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Nov-15 13:46:18


hawkmcqueen Mon 16-Nov-15 14:25:16


tammytoby Mon 16-Nov-15 14:28:08

Bear - triss

Reiltin Mon 16-Nov-15 14:35:22


PrimalLass Mon 16-Nov-15 14:42:22


ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 16-Nov-15 14:48:20

What exactly would be the difference between beer-triss and bee-a-triss?

Unless we are pronouncing "beer" like a Worzel?

mirren3 Mon 16-Nov-15 14:49:48

I have an aunt Beatrice, we all call her Beet-ris. No "r"or "a" in the middle, don't know if it makes any difference, but we're Scottish.

Sunshine511 Mon 16-Nov-15 14:50:32

Well I'm Scottish and beer-triss and bee-a-triss sound very different, I suppose it depends on the accent.

I would say bee-a-triss smile

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Nov-15 14:50:47

Like a Worzel?

Or maybe an Irish person, a Scottish person, an American person.........

Not everyone is from the South East of England! Some people are quite fond of pronouncing their 'r's you know.

IoraRua Mon 16-Nov-15 15:01:55

I'm Irish, I'd pronounce it Bee-a-triss. Or Bee-triss, possibly.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 16-Nov-15 15:10:37

I'm not from the south-east either.

As there is no (letter) R in Beatrice, no-one is going to add a /r/ sound surely?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 16-Nov-15 15:11:37

(no letter R in the first syllable, clearly, even us northerners can see the one in the second wink)

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Nov-15 15:12:43

'As there is no (letter) R in Beatrice, no-one is going to add a /r/ sound surely?'

Exactly. That's why 'beer-triss' makes no sense to me.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 16-Nov-15 15:13:28

In fact, the only variation I've ever heard (obviously apart from actual foreign pronunciations like the Italian one above) have been in the final syllable where some pronounce it /tris/ and some with a slightly more neutral schwa sound.

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Nov-15 15:14:07

But I know that people with non-rhotic accents don't pronounce the r in 'beer', hence posters saying they pronounce Beatrice as beer-triss.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Mon 16-Nov-15 15:14:50

"Exactly. That's why 'beer-triss' makes no sense to me."

Which is why I asked what the difference was between the two in the OP grin

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 16-Nov-15 15:16:53

You asked 'What exactly would be the difference between beer-triss and bee-a-triss?'. I've tried to explain that there's a big difference for people with rhotic accents.

Beer-triss sounds nothing like bee-a-triss in my accent.

BBQsAreSooooOverrated Mon 16-Nov-15 15:16:48

Bee a triss

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