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Old 10-24-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Are there any towns or places nbear where you live that outsiders almost always pronounce wrong?

The town I come from, Waupun (Wisconsin) is pronounced as if it rhymes with the friendly inviation "Hop on!". Nobody who is not born and raised there ever learns to get it quite right. It's right between Fond du Lac (neither D is pronounced: "FON' 'a Lac", and Beaver Dam (accented on first syllable only). Along the other X, it's betwen Ripon ("Rippin'") and Horicon (two syllables: HOAR-kin).
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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My favorite funny local pronunciation of a town name is Peabody (MA). It looks like you would say "PeeBody" with an accent on the "Pee" and then the word "body". Wrong, very wrong.
When I was visiting in MA one time and was looking for this town, somebody laughed and said oh no, you mean "PeeBahDee" (accent on the Pee and then also the Dee).
I'm sure there are dozens of other places in New England (especially Maine) with odd local pronunciations.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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Willamette River in Portland (spelling?) It's pronounced Will AM met (accent on 2nd syllable)

Houston Street in New York City - pronounced HOUSEton street.

Oregon - not ORE-GON but Origin - hard "g"
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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There's a Miami, Oklahoma - but it's Mi-am-uh, not Miami like in Florida.

Ridiculous, eh?
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I believe Reading (and the old Reading railroad) in Pennsylvannia is pronounced like redding not reading (like reading a book).

Also I wonder if anyone knows why the sas in Arkansas is pronounced like saw. While at the same time the sas in Kansas is pronounced like err .. sas!
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I use to live in a town called Portales,New Mexico, people outside NM would pronounce it Portals but its pronounced Por-tal-es, rhymes with Dallas.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Taliaferro County (GA) is pronounced "tolliver".
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:06 PM
 
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Oregon - not ORE-GON but Origin - hard "g"
What do you mean with hard G?
Like the sound of J in jam?
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:24 PM
 
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Tok, Alaska. Pronounced "toke". Ouizinkie, on Kodiak... pronounced you-zin'-key (penultimate stress). And too many more to list.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:40 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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My favorite funny local pronunciation of a town name is Peabody (MA). It looks like you would say "PeeBody" with an accent on the "Pee" and then the word "body". Wrong, very wrong.
When I was visiting in MA one time and was looking for this town, somebody laughed and said oh no, you mean "PeeBahDee" (accent on the Pee and then also the Dee).
I'm sure there are dozens of other places in New England (especially Maine) with odd local pronunciations.
It isn't *that* odd. Most of the "difficult" town pronunciations in New England are actually names of places in England (or Native American words). I actually made a list in a similar thread on this topic, so I'll repost that here:


Worcester, MA - pronounced "WUSS-tuh" (the vowel in "wuss" is the same vowel in "book" - although some people Bostonians say WISS-tah, I think)
Gloucester, MA - GLAWSS-tuh
Leominster, MA - LEM-in-stuh
Concord (MA and NH) - KAWNK-id
Pawtucket, RI - Puh-TUCK-it
Quincy, MA - KWIN-zee
Woburn, MA - WOO-bin
Peabody, MA - PEE-b'dee
Reading, MA - RED-ing
Dracut, MA - DRAY-kit
Leicester, MA - LESS-tuh
Haverhill, MA - HAYV-rill
Scituate, MA - SITCH-oo-it
Natick, MA - NAYD-ik
Nashua, NH - NASH-oo-uh
Plaistow, NH - PLASS-tau (rhymes with "cow")
Lowell, MA - LOW-ull
Methuen, MA - Meh-THOO-in
Pembroke (MA or NH) - PEM-brook
Stoughton, MA - STOAT-in
Billerica, MA - Bill-RICK-ah
Damariscotta, ME - Dam-riss-SCAW-duh
Bangor, ME - BANG-gore or BANG-gaw
Bar Harbor, ME - appropriately pronounced "Bah HAH-bah"

There's also a little town near where I live in NH called Sanbornton, which is correctly pronounced "SAN-buh-tin"

Of course, some times it's a little trickier. For example the suffix -ham, which takes on a different pronunciation depending on what town you're talking about (in Massachusetts alone!). For example:

Needham, MA - NEED-um
Framingham, MA - FRAY-ming-ham

In fact, when the ending is 'tham', this suffix can be pronounced in four different ways:

Eastham, MA - EAST-ham
Chatham, MA - CHAD-um
Waltham, MA - WALL-tham
Wrentham, MA - REN-thum

And a few more:

Coos County, NH - first word is pronounced "KO-awss" (sometimes written Cos)
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH - win-uh-puh-SAW-kee
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