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Old 04-08-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Kosciuszko: Koh-CHOOZ-ko
Schermerhorn: SKIM-er-horn
Mosholu: Muh-SHOH-loo
Rochambeau: Roh-sham-BOH
Vermilyea: Ver-MEEL-yuh

I got the pronunciation of Schermerhorn from the subway announcements.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Kosciuszko: Koh-CHOOZ-ko
Schermerhorn: SKIM-er-horn
Mosholu: Muh-SHOH-loo
Rochambeau: Roh-sham-BOH
Vermilyea: Ver-MEEL-yuh

I got the pronunciation of Schermerhorn from the subway announcements.
Actually, "skim-er-horn" is the old Irish pronounciation. It's SKER-mer-horn.

And the funny thing about Kosciuszko Street is that if you pronounce it correctly, most people won't have any idea what you're talking about. But if you say Kos-ki-OS-ko, they know what you mean.

I'm curious where you heard Muh-SHO-lu...because it's MOSH-o-lu (many people are puzzled about the origin; it happens to be Native American).

Also, when traveling in Brooklyn, remember that it's Cor-TEL-you Road, not CORTLE-you.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Desbrosses Street (it's south of Canal Street near the Hudson River)




anyone know? i assume it would rhyme with pay gRoSS uh with a very french sounding R and very sibilant SS (both underlined) and the "uh" kind of soft

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: La Cañada
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If it's Kosciuszko like Thaddeus Kosciuszko, than I think it ought to be Ko-CHIUS-Ko, but I'm not too sure. There is a street in Downtown LA (a cross-street of Olive?) called General Thad Kosciusko Way and we say it that way.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:34 PM
 
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Default Tiebout Avenue?

It's in the Bronx.

Is it TIE bout, or TEE bout?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Also in Brooklyn: Gerry Street is pronounced with a hard G. It's NOT like "Jerry."
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:33 AM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Actually I think I pronounce this joor(rhymes with door)-all-ah-men
^ That's the correct way, although the first syllable is reduced to a schwa (so juh-al-uh-muhn, or in IPA: [dʒʌɹælʌmɨn]).

The first one I always think of is Desbrosses (duhz-brahs-is). There's also Middagh (mi-daw) and Laight (late, not light).
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Buhre Avenue in Pelham Bay.

I've heard it called "byoor" (as in rhyming with "pure") as well as "byoor-ee". Pretty sure it's the former.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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haha this is great stuff. i'm sure every state has their own, but try coming to hawaii. we got a lot of street names that'll mess you up!
"head straight down kamehameha highway, make a left on kalanianaole, and take the third left on laupahoehoe drive. easy."
Hawaiian is easy....just pronounce every single letter lol
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Down in the Village just south of 14th ST there is Gansevoort St. I've heard it pronounced
GANSfort
ganSEEvert
GAINSfort

Anybody know how to really say it? I presume its from the Dutch, but my knowldege of 17th centruy Dutch is a bit rusty.
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