Talk to me about [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f]. Associations? Thoughts? Have you ever met one?
I first heard the name as a child watching [name_f]Bridget[/name_f] [name_m]Jones[/name_m]’ Diary. I’ve never met one. It reminds me a bit of “Perpetual Motion,” a foundational song for the Suzuki method of violin that I learned as a child. I understand it has Catholic vibes (I’m not Catholic, nor religious/Christian at all).
Also, talk to me about the pronunciation/meter. @katinka has brought up that she feels it’s a kind of Slytherin-y name with the pejorative connotation of perpetuate (negative stereotypes, etc.). I wonder how much of this has to do with pronunciation.
Here is me saying the following words: perpetual, perpetuate, petulant, perpetually petulant, in perpetuity, and finally, [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f].
I say perPETual, perPETuate, in PERPetuity, and what the heck is [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f]? Upon looking at the word I want to think it is iambic, but I don’t say it that way. I’d say it is a spondee-pyrrhic pair or a dactyl with an extra whisper of a syllable at the end. STRESS, less stress but still stressed, no stress, whisper? But if I try to say it “British,” definitely stress on the second syllable, same as I would say perpetuate, but I’m not British so I don’t know if I’m doing that right.
Help me out, friends!