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Thread: is Viola vile?

  1. #1
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    Aug 2013

    is Viola vile?

    First thoughts & opinions?

  2. #3
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    Jan 2011
    I think Viola is lovely if the O is emphasized, and I love the thought of violet flowers and Shakespeare's use of it, but at the same time, same problem with violet really, it does get pronounced Vile sort of. But the syllable split is a little different, like Vyla really to rhyme with Myla, not Vile-a. And of course it has a negative meaning in Spanish (BUT I'll point out in Spanish just like in English it evokes violets and the musical instrument viola has the same name in Spanish as the negative Spanish meaning, so I *don't* think it's the same as the English word violate/rape!).

    It's complicated I suppose but I don't think anything about it when meeting one! Really when I hear it I mainly think of Shakespeare and of the actress Viola Davis. I do think it's pretty.

  3. #5
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    Jan 2011
    PS O not emphasized like vye OH la or something, but just said like vye-a-la.

  4. #7
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    Jun 2013
    I prefer Violet myself...Viola sounds kinds of silly and reminds me of the instrument.

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    I love Viola. It's one of my favorites!
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