I was watching television last night where a father-to-be was talking about naming his child. He said that Erin – or what sounded like Erin – would be a good choice because it would work for either a boy or girl, you’d just change the spelling. I laughed derisively and said, “What spelling of ‘Erin’ is there for a boy’s name?” My ex replied, “A-A-R-O-N”. I said, “Nuh-uh!” and that Aaron should rhyme with baron, Erin with heron. Then, my ex said that all this time she had been pronouncing our friend Erin like she was Aaron and I hadn’t noticed! Well, I think that’s ridiculous. But then, it’s not the first time I’d heard it. Someone else told me that his middle name, Aaron, was, to the ear, the same as that of this girl he knew, Erin. I chalked it up to him being a teenager and therefore not fully tutored in orthoepy.
People, help me. Don’t you pronounce “Erin” and “Aaron” differently? Or am I the crazy one?