"By the way, could your husband be a "damnyankee?" Maybe that accounts for the hard g!!"
LOL Why, yes he is! lol His line left TN prior to 1950 for Michigan, and do pronounce with a hard A and G, almost with a double G: swang-ger.
The 1st cousin's side of the family went back to the south after 1960.
I suppose my whole issue is that I will not answer to "Swanner" with the soft A. Its 2 different pronunications, and IMHO, 2 different names.
This really goes back to my maiden name of von Rump, which is mutiliated by many into van Rump, von Pump, von Hump, etc. What upsets my mother is the combining of the 2 seperate names: Vonrump or those thinking "von" is a middle name there for its dropped. Being my first name is Cyndi, given name of Cynthia (did you know I have to spell Cynthia! When did it get changed to Synthia??), and not CINDY, I have a huge issue of impronounciations and spelling mistakes.
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its a duck.
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