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Old 02-17-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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What are some places that a majority of people outside the region pronounce incorrectly? I live in the Pittsburgh region and one that immediately springs to my mind is in Carnegie. The town is obviously named after Andrew Carnegie as he grew up in there and pronounced incorrectly by almost everyone (this includes everything named after him as well; such as Carnegie Music Hall and Carnegie Museum).

Most people pronounce it, CAR-nee-gie, stressing the first syllable and then following it up with nee. The only two places that pronounce it car-NAY-gie, stressing the second syllable and saying it as nay instead of nee, are Dunfermline, Scotland (his birthplace) and Pittsburgh, PA where he lived. Carnegie himself pronounced his name this way. So basically everyone who says CAR-nay-gie music hall is saying it improperly.

This is just one example of place that most outsiders say incorrectly, but I'm sure there are plenty more. So what places in your area am I saying (and many others saying wrong)? I know there is always a lot of debate on Louisville and to be honest, I'm not even sure if I'm saying it right lol. Louie-ville???
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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these are not places but certain words people pronounce ticks me off

I have noticed in KC and down in the South people pronounce coupon q-pon but it's actually suppose to be prounced coo-pon

It seems like up in Minnesota and other places they put emphasis on the u in Aunt, but its actually pronounced Ant.

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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these are not places but certain words people pronounce ticks me off

I have noticed in KC and down in the South people pronounce coupon q-pon but it's actually suppose to be prounced coo-pon

It seems like up in Minnesota and other places they put emphasis on the u in Aunt, but its actually pronounced Ant.
Both of those are alternate pronunciations. They may be less common, but the words are "actually pronounced" both ways.

Names and places are another thing, because there's a certain degree of ownership of the name. If the Carnegies say "car-NAY-gee", it's "car-NAY-gee". Their family. Their name. Their pronunciation.

Same with places. New Yorkers say Houston St is pronounced "Howston"? So be it.

One of my favorite examples is Appalachian. Most folks in the southern part of the range say "App-uh-latch-in," while folks from farther north say "App-uh-lay-shun." So which is correct? They both are!
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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Worcester- pronounced Wor-ches-ter by most people really pronounced Wo-ster
*and New Englanders Pronounce Aunt, Aunt not ant.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Prescott, it's actually pronounced Pres-kit
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:31 PM
 
Location: LBC
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San Pedro, CA.

Its "Peedro." It just is.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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A lot of people misprounce Kauai, some say Ka-Y but it pronounced like hawaii with a k
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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A few from Oregon:

Willamette: "will-lamb-it" right, "willa-mutt" or "will-ah-metay" wrong.

Tigard: "ty-gard" right, "tiggerd" wrong.

Yachats: "yaw-hawts" right, "yach-its" wrong.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta the Beautiful
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It's kind of funny but myself and many others I know who are from Atlanta, not everyone mind you but enough to mention it I think, don't say Atlanta correctly it sounds more like Adlanna.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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What are some places that a majority of people outside the region pronounce incorrectly? I live in the Pittsburgh region and one that immediately springs to my mind is in Carnegie. The town is obviously named after Andrew Carnegie as he grew up in there and pronounced incorrectly by almost everyone (this includes everything named after him as well; such as Carnegie Music Hall and Carnegie Museum).

Most people pronounce it, CAR-nee-gie, stressing the first syllable and then following it up with nee. The only two places that pronounce it car-NAY-gie, stressing the second syllable and saying it as nay instead of nee, are Dunfermline, Scotland (his birthplace) and Pittsburgh, PA where he lived. Carnegie himself pronounced his name this way. So basically everyone who says CAR-nay-gie music hall is saying it improperly.
Thank you for pointing this out. More than once I've heard other people chastize Pittsburghers for not knowing how to properly pronounce "Carnegie."

What sucks is, when the majority of people are wrong, then the majority of people think that those who are right are wrong.
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