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Old 04-22-2015, 10:29 AM
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I understand that. My question was that why do people say "So-Hoe" instead of "So-How" if it's pronounced like "House"?
Because its written Soho not SoHouse, regardless of what you might thing its an acronym for. Soho, Greenwich, Chelsea etc, are all originally neighborhoods in London.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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I did not read every single post in this thread, however I do have a question:

I was in NY last month and my friend, who has been living there for about two years, mentioned to me that the locals pronounce "Houston" like "Hows-ton" or "House-ton". My question is, if the locals do pronounce it like "Hows-ton", then why don't you say "So-How" instead of the commonly heard "So-Ho"?
Where you and your friend are going wrong here is in thinking that New Yorkers pronounce their street names because of the quaint way we go about talking in our daily lives. None of us were alive and are not responsible for how a street which appeared on a city map in 1811 as Houstoun became corrupted to Houston. At least someone remembered how to pronounce the guys name.
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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Kosciuszko = ko-shee-OOS-ko
Schermerhorn = SKER-mer-horn (I have also heard it pronounced SKIM-mer-horn)
Mosholu = MO-shuh-loo
Gansevoort = GANZ-uh-vort
Gansevoort is a Dutch word so there is absolutely no G sounds lol.

It's pronounced:

"Han-se-foo-ert", except the foo and ert are really one sound and not two syllables.

I lived in South Africa where they speak a dialect of Dutch for a few years. I remember showing some visiting SA friends around the MPD, pointed at the Gansevoort sign, and asked them how they think it's pronounced and of course, all came back with the proper way of pronouncing it. Was a good laugh when I told them how everyone in NYC pronounces it.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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The Gra-ham thing is because in williamsburg people just want to distinguish between Graham and Grand to avoid mistakes when giving directions.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:07 AM
 
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being a regular patient at Montefiore Moses, ive often heard Rochambeau Avenue being pronounced as "Rah-sham-boo". i always call it "row-sham-bow".
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