[quote=JanaBrailles][quote=joannavenneri]Oh what the heck. I'll go with the non-respect thing. Respect is a thing to be earned. I dislike being given a reason to doubt myself by someone who is not qualified to do that.
As I said, I do like learning new things. Webster's New Collegiate Fifth Edition (the latest, just bought it) gives both pronunciations with LEE-ah first. The first pronunciation is usually the one that is preferred. That's why it's first.
... And I almost always pronounce it "Lee" because I have a friend named Leah, who is blind, and who pronounces it "Lee," and she uses the "ea" contraction in it ... also have a friend Lea Ann, pronounced Lee Ann ... what I wanted from UEBOT was an explanation why you use "ea" contraction in "create" but not in "Leah"??