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Old 07-22-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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Default Why do people pronounce "Austin" as "Boston"

Why do some people pronounce “Austin” the way they do? I get confused and, for a second, think they are talking about “Boston.” Is this a trend, or have people always pronounced it that way, and I just had not noticed before?
It is not only that the “i” is completely dropped. I can almost hear a small case “b” before “Awgh-ztN.”
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Round Rock Texas
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Well I come from New York City, and that is how we pronounce it. There really isn't any right or wrong way.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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I always thought Austin and Boston rhymed...
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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Native Texan speech pattern, which I am quite proud of. We tend to use a flat "i", for instance in saying "naht" for night and "rahd" for ride. That "i" in the second syllable comes out as very close to an "o" (probably closer to an "a", but hard to distinguish). Probably what you hear is closer to "-tun".
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Central
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Was visiting New York not long ago - had this alarming conversation:

NYer: Where are you from?
Me: Austin.
NYer: Houston? (pronouncing it HOWston).
Me: No, Austin.
NYer: oh, Houston. (emphasizing HOWston again)
Me: No, Austin, the Capitol of Texas.
NYer: oh, well we say HOWston up here.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I always thought Austin and Boston rhymed...
me too
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Round Rock Texas
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Was visiting New York not long ago - had this alarming conversation:

NYer: Where are you from?
Me: Austin.
NYer: Houston? (pronouncing it HOWston).
Me: No, Austin.
NYer: oh, Houston. (emphasizing HOWston again)
Me: No, Austin, the Capitol of Texas.
NYer: oh, well we say HOWston up here.
No, we don't say "How-ston" up there, except for the street, which is pronounced exactly that -- "HOW-Ston Street". Say "Houston" (as in the city) and that's incorrect. All New Yorkers that I know of know the difference between the prenunciation of the city and the street.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Central
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No, we don't say "How-ston" up there, except for the street, which is pronounced exactly that -- "HOW-Ston Street". Say "Houston" (as in the city) and that's incorrect. All New Yorkers that I know of know the difference between the prenunciation of the city and the street.
What's disturbing is the NYer who didn't know the difference between Houston and Austin.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:13 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Komeht View Post
Was visiting New York not long ago - had this alarming conversation:

NYer: Where are you from?
Me: Austin.
NYer: Houston? (pronouncing it HOWston).
Me: No, Austin.
NYer: oh, Houston. (emphasizing HOWston again)
Me: No, Austin, the Capitol of Texas.
NYer: oh, well we say HOWston up here.
I have heard someone torture a Texan with that one before, you could have said you were from El Paso and the response still would have come back about the NY Houston schtick.

I believe you were roasted a little.

Trivia Break:

What NY native who has two TX city/towns named after him is interred a couple blocks away from my old office in the Flatiron District?
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Because that's how Stephen F. Austin pronounced it. And he got to say.

If it's a trend, it would have started before I was born, as that's how I've heard it pronounced all my life (no "b" in front, though, I never hear that, I think you may have a hearing problem, OP!), and I'm 63 and lived in Texas all that time.

Seriously, I can't imagine how else it would be pronounced, OP. How would YOU pronounce it, given your druthers?
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