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Old 12-29-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Hmmm...

I've heard different pronunciations over the years...

Didn't grow up here but have been local since 1978 save for small periods...

Anyway, I have always said "Fan-u-el. But I've noticed some real Bostonians (often 60-plus?) say "fan-el," as in flannel pajamas.

Is it two or three syllables? Does anybody really know or even care?

I understand it's named after the Faneuil family of Brighton?...

Tourists often mangle the word, not even coming close to the two examples I mentioned.

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I pronounce it "Fan-yuel." I've heard "fuh-nel" broken like this.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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I pronounce it as "Fan-u-el" as noted by the OP.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:33 AM
 
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Rhymes with Daniel.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Behind You!
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Fan-u-el
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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Hmmm...

I've heard different pronunciations over the years...

Didn't grow up here but have been local since 1978 save for small periods...

Anyway, I have always said "Fan-u-el. But I've noticed some real Bostonians (often 60-plus?) say "fan-el," as in flannel pajamas.

Is it two or three syllables? Does anybody really know or even care?

I understand it's named after the Faneuil family of Brighton?...

Tourists often mangle the word, not even coming close to the two examples I mentioned.

"Real Bostonian" here, 60+, never heard **fan-el** until the carpetbaggers came to town. It's fan-u-el.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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"Real Bostonian" here, 60+, never heard **fan-el** until the carpetbaggers came to town. It's fan-u-el.
Oh yes, I occasionally, but not often, here it "Fan-el," even by local radio or tv hosts, if I recall. Not sure if they're local or old timers...

Similar to how some said "Fih-lene's Basement" instead of Fy-lene's". BSeemed then to be some locals or some old-timers.

Sort of like my post a few months ago about pronouncing "Massachusetts." As I noted, some say it "Zetts" instead of "setts." Even since, I notice Joe Matthew (sp?) on WBZ 1030 AM on his 5 am shift seemingly calling it "MassachuZetts." And he's from the state, I think.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Rhymes with Daniel.
So, it seems most here so far say "Fan-u-el. I seem to prefer this also -- with three syllables.

But, I've heard, or may have uttered, "Fan-yul," as in "Daniel," just as mentioned by Calliope.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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But, I've heard, or may have uttered, "Fan-yul," as in "Daniel," just as mentioned by Calliope.
Boston lifer here, and this is how I say it.

Although it may vary slightly depending on the number of pints I've knocked back at Durgin Park.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I think it sounds right both ways, Fan-you-ell (with a quick 'you' sound) or Fan-yull. The rhymes with flannel one I have a harder time hearing as correct.

But I've been there maybe ~5 times in over 20 years growing up and living in the area, so it hasn't come up in conversation too often...
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