I know I should probably post this in a different board, but this one gets the most traffic. 

Anyway, in light of the holiday spirit, has anyone else noticed th inter-useable pronunciations of Joseph? So far I've heard Jozif, Josif, Joziv, and Josiv. Phoenically, of course. 

Which do you prefer or say automatically? For me, I say Josif or Jozif. And which is correct/does the pronunciation really matter? 


December 26, 2015 1:32 AM

I would say JOH-sehf (I suppose a very subtle difference

from your "Josif").

December 26, 2015 10:20 AM

That's my default pronunciation too.

All of the pronunciations you've laid out here sound more like accents to me, not multiple pronunciations. If someone said "Joziv", and you tried to correct it to "Josif", I seriously doubt the person saying the name would even be able to hear the difference, let alone change it. 

(For example, with my accent, Aaron and Erin are pronounced the exact same way. While I can hear the difference, I literally cannot pronounce Aaron the way it's often said in New England. It's just an accent thing.)

December 26, 2015 11:06 AM

I had no idea you could pronounce Aaron differently than Erin...

Jo-sehf is also a pronunciation I've heard. But Ive also heard people use multiple for the same person before. it must be an accent thing because the archangel Gabriel said Jozif in the Nativity Story. 

December 26, 2015 11:18 AM

If Gabriel said anything at that time and place, it would have been more like Yosayf. English did not exist then.

December 26, 2015 12:41 PM

Yes but this was a movie.