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Old 01-02-2019, 09:10 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I always have to look up the name of a small town just north of NYC — Poughkeepsie. It’s spelled nothing like the way it sounds — Puh-KIP-see.

Another upstate burg I usually spell wrong the first time around — Rensselaer. Also pronounced way different, to me, than the way it looks — Rin-sa-LEER.

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Old 01-02-2019, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I always have to look up the name of a small town just north of NYC — Poughkeepsie. It’s spelled nothing like the way it sounds — Puh-KIP-see.

Another upstate burg I usually spell wrong the first time around — Rensselaer. Also pronounced way different, to me, than the way it looks — Rin-sa-LEER.
Always thought it was “REN-seller”
Like this: https://www.howtopronounce.com/rensselaer/
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:07 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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You could well be right about the correct pronounciation, though I’ve always heard it said the way I indicated.

But unless you deal with the capital region regularly, I think I’m right about the difficulty for many of the spelling (Dutch, I presume).

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Old 01-02-2019, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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No major city has a more weird name than ABQ, I have even given up spelling it.
Alamogordo is also a hard one, and you don't have the chance to practice.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania isn't easy for me.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:50 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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There's many but Alburquerque (is this spelled right?) is always troublesome for me.
The place was originally spelled as you show it but now is spelled without the first 'r' as Albuquerque. There was a Spanish Duke of Alburquerque (maybe still is) but the story is that the railroad misspelled the name of the town so that became the common usage. Some locals remember that first 'r' in the common nickname of the city, "Burque", and "Burquenos" for city residents.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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I also notice a lot of people spell Pittsburgh (the one in Pennsylvania) without the "h" at the end. While there are numerous other Pittsburg's throughout the US, the one in PA is the only one with an "h" at the end, I believe!
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:13 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I also notice a lot of people spell Pittsburgh (the one in Pennsylvania) without the "h" at the end. While there are numerous other Pittsburg's throughout the US, the one in PA is the only one with an "h" at the end, I believe!
Yes! Being a Pittsburgher, it drives me crazy when people misspell my hometown's name. I'm not from Kansas or California (home of two Pittsburgs). The turn around is that a lot of Pittsburghers put an "H" on the end of other burg, like Harrisburg, PA's capital city.
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Old 01-03-2019, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I always have to look up the name of a small town just north of NYC — Poughkeepsie. It’s spelled nothing like the way it sounds — Puh-KIP-see.

Another upstate burg I usually spell wrong the first time around — Rensselaer. Also pronounced way different, to me, than the way it looks — Rin-sa-LEER.
I say Ren-sa-LEER. Are you from the south or midwest? Doing the pin/pen vowel thing where they sound the same?

Fun fact: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, was a descendant of the Van Renssalaer family who settled the area.

ETA: Saw the other comments on this. My daughter lives in Albany, and I work with a lot of engineers who went to RPI, and they all emphasize the last syllable.

One of the Van Rensselaers married the daughter of another significant early American for whom a NJ city is named--William Paterson. Since Paterson is so much easier to spell and pronounce (although some people like to toss in an extra "t"), I wonder if she spent the rest of her life correcting the spelling and pronunciation of her name. I guess we'll never know...
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Skenecktidy, NY (Schenectady) -- can't spell it even though I have some roots there.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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I always spell Coeur d'Alene, ID wrong. I have to look it up each and every time.
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