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Old 07-09-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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Bangor, Maine...
BANG-ORE or BANG-GORE or even Bang-awe if you're local...

NOT Bang-GERR, Or Bungerr, or Bengerr..

We have a lot of Native American and French place names, too, but nobody really expects those to be pronounces correctly on the first attempt..
(Machias, Calais, Isle au Haut, Millinocket, Passadumkeag, Orono, Saco, Madawaska, Lubec etc..)


SORRY- I forgot one of the worst...

If you are coming to Maine, headed to the National Park down by Bar Harbor.. it's ACADIA- not ARcadia.. There's no "r". Never has been, never will be. It's uh-CADE-ee-uh. Please don't call it ARE-cade-ee-uh...you will just sound dumb.... Thank you.

LOL, you beat me to it! Bangor was the first place that came to mind, followed by all the French and Native American towns. As for that "R" that people inevitably stick in to Acadia, it really does sound awful, doesn't it??

Now about Louisville. Ooops, must the yankee pronounciation cuz I say Louey-ville too. I will try to correct myself in the future.
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Wilkes-Barre, PA. It's supposed to be pronounced "Wilkes-Berry," but I'm constantly correcting people who call it "Wilkes-Bear-Uh." People seem to get pretty hot under the collar when I correct them on this issue, so this has escalated into quite a few public shouting matches. Personally, I just don't understand how people can be so INTENTIONALLY ignorant of the English langauge. I'm sure I'd mispronounce some New England areas in a heartbeat the first time I'd try to pronounce them (Lake Chaubunagungamaug comes to mind), but after being corrected once, I'd be able to rectify this issue and pronounce it PROPERLY. What's the excuse with Wilkes-Barre? Are people around here just that dumb?
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Old 07-09-2007, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wilkes-Barre, PA. It's supposed to be pronounced "Wilkes-Berry," but I'm constantly correcting people who call it "Wilkes-Bear-Uh." People seem to get pretty hot under the collar when I correct them on this issue, so this has escalated into quite a few public shouting matches. Personally, I just don't understand how people can be so INTENTIONALLY ignorant of the English langauge. I'm sure I'd mispronounce some New England areas in a heartbeat the first time I'd try to pronounce them (Lake Chaubunagungamaug comes to mind), but after being corrected once, I'd be able to rectify this issue and pronounce it PROPERLY. What's the excuse with Wilkes-Barre? Are people around here just that dumb?
DOH!

I seriously thought it was pronounced "bar". hahaha Hey, ya learn something everyday! Usually the 'Berry' name is spelled 'Barry', not 'Barre'. Interesting.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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I worked as a front desk clerk at hotel several years ago in eastern Alabama near the Talladega International Speedway. The natives pronunced Talladega as "Talla-dig-ah" while others said "Talla-day-gah." The second pronunciation is the way it is spelled, but in that area, the first pronunciation is the correct one.

Sometimes people would asked directions to some small town in the state, like Sylacauga, Opelika, Wedowee, or Tuskegee. I heard all kinds of pronunications for those places! It's all good though!
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: yeah
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I don't live in either state, but I hate when people say "Nuh-VAW-duh" and "Or-reh-GAWN."
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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LOL

Oops! I call it Louey-ville. I have an excuse though, Im a yankee w/o an accent. LOL
LOL it's ok, alot of news people call it Louey-ville too. Heck, I know a few locals who do too but mostly it's Loua-vul
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I don't live in either state, but I hate when people say "Nuh-VAW-duh"

How are you supposed to say it?
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Now about Louisville. Ooops, must the yankee pronounciation cuz I say Louey-ville too. I will try to correct myself in the future.
LOL It's ok, really We haven't shot anyone yet who says it that way lol
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I'm surprised nobody brought up Massachusetts. They have several doozies. There's Leominster (Lemon-stir), Worcester (Wuh-stir), Woburn (Woo-burn), Quincy (Quin-zee), Reading (Redding), Sherborn (Sher-bin), Stoneham (Stone 'em), Billerica (Bill-rickah), Chelmsford (Kelms-ford), and Groton (Graw-tin).
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Old 07-09-2007, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm surprised nobody brought up Massachusetts. They have several doozies. There's Leominster (Lemon-stir), Worcester (Wuh-stir), Woburn (Woo-burn), Quincy (Quin-zee), Reading (Redding), Sherborn (Sher-bin), Stoneham (Stone 'em), Billerica (Bill-rickah), Chelmsford (Kelms-ford), and Groton (Graw-tin).
That lake I mentioned is in Massachusetts.
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