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Old 08-04-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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What's the right way to say these, so I dont get mocked?
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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ehm-MAY-us

mah-KUNG-ee

There is probably an Older pronunciation that is not used anymore, or maybe still is, but that's how I've heard it pronounced by the area's locals.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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Let me just elaborate a little bit with the phonetics,

Emmaus = Ee-may-us

Macungie: Mah-cun-jee

And hopefully nobody is nasty enough to mock you....that's mean.

Last edited by karen_s; 08-04-2010 at 09:54 PM.. Reason: Can't spell
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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Thanks!

This will be a big improvement over my

E-Mouse

and Ma-Kung-ee
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: NEPA
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Thanks!

This will be a big improvement over my

E-Mouse

and Ma-Kung-ee
You probably wouldn't be made fun of for the Emmaus pronunciation anyway. Many oldtimers from the LV pronounce it E-Mouse lol. The first time I heard my father-in-law say it, I didn't know where he was talking about.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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You probably wouldn't be made fun of for the Emmaus pronunciation anyway. Many oldtimers from the LV pronounce it E-Mouse lol. The first time I heard my father-in-law say it, I didn't know where he was talking about.
My grandfather used to say it that way too, I believe that would be the actual correct PA Dutch (German) pronunciation.

Up my way, the usual "stumper" town for new folks is "Roseto"
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: PA -> Denver, CO
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My grandfather used to say it that way too, I believe that would be the actual correct PA Dutch (German) pronunciation.

Up my way, the usual "stumper" town for new folks is "Roseto"
How do you pronounce Roseto anyway? I've always called it Row-zet-oh
It not a place that people really ever talk about around here.

I'm from Bethlehem, and been here for almost 30 years, so I'm not a new folk, and I'm still not sure of it.
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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As long as you do not totally butcher the pronunciation I would not worry about it. Who cares what some of these insular hicks think!
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Old 08-07-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Eastern PA
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How do you pronounce Roseto anyway? I've always called it Row-zet-oh
It not a place that people really ever talk about around here.

I'm from Bethlehem, and been here for almost 30 years, so I'm not a new folk, and I'm still not sure of it.
You've got the pronunciation right.

Newbies seem to try saying "Rose-two" or "Rose-toe" and it always catches my attention. My kids go to school over there so I've explained that one a lot.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: PA -> Denver, CO
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You've got the pronunciation right. ...
Thanks! There really should be a pronunciation guide of the Lehigh Valley on here, and probably nicknames too.

Everyone knows Phillipsburg, NJ as P-burg, and Hokendauqua = Hockey, Catasauqua = Catty.. The airport is still ABE despite efforts to market it as LVI.

Oh and Schoenersville is pronounced Shay-ners-ville, people are always getting that one wrong!
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