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Old 06-10-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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One pronunciation I'll never understand is 'Refugio'...
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:23 PM
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This one drives me nuts for some reason. Iraan. Looks like it would sound sort of like the Middle Eastern country located near Iraq. It's actually pronounced Ira-Ann.

There's a place in Louisiana called Earth. You would think it's pretty straightforward. I mean, it should sound like the planet we all live on, no? No. They call it e-wrath.
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:18 PM
 
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What about Balcones Heights and Bulverde?
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Old 06-10-2007, 03:28 PM
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What about Balcones Heights and Bulverde?
Bal-co-nees heights. Long "o" sound in the middle syllable.

Bull-ver-dee. There is probably a Spanish pronunciation but I haven't heard it.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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The large grocer in south Texas is H E B not HEBs.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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This one drives me nuts for some reason. Iraan. Looks like it would sound sort of like the Middle Eastern country located near Iraq. It's actually pronounced Ira-Ann.

There's a place in Louisiana called Earth. You would think it's pretty straightforward. I mean, it should sound like the planet we all live on, no? No. They call it e-wrath.
There is a city in Indiana spelled Brazil but pronounced Bray-zil. Go figure.
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Old 06-10-2007, 06:44 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Every good Texan that takes the ritual ski trip to Colorado gets to visit these places. Take a drive up Hwy 287 from Wichita Falls to Amarillo and you will get to visit these lovely towns amoung many others:
Chillicothe
Quanah


Chillicothe - Chill a coth ee (actually had a movie set in it back in the day - now, who was in it?)

Quanah - named after the indian Quanah - Qwuahn ah
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:43 PM
 
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Sapphire...good one! I struggled with this one for years. A friend finally MADE me say it right! LOL....I've heard it a couple of ways....your pronounciation is one of them. A slight variation is:

REF yur ee oh (emphasis on the first syllable)

(I'm not sure what locals in Refugio say! Anyone from there??
The english pronunciation of Refugio has always bothered me. How did it go from the Spanish pronunciation of re-foo-hee-oh to the english re-fury-oh? It seems like the english version added in some extra r's. I know that is the accepted pronunciation but it just puzzles me

Some of yall may be interested in the book: Texas Towns from A to Z: Pronunciation Guide --
http://www.amazon.com/Texas-Towns-Z-Pronunciation-Guide/dp/0963762958

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Old 08-14-2007, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Farmers Branch, TX (Dallas)
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Default Mispronunciations in the Ear of the Beholder

It can be annoying when some people get arrogant about correcting others about pronunciations, sometimes quoting "rules" that somehow are never broken. Most people here haven't had that tone or attitude, but I HAVE encountered it from time to time.

One thing I've learned, having traveled around a little bit, is that the same word or name is pronounced differently in different states. Houston, for example is pronounced HOW-ston here in Georgia, instead of HYOU-ston like in Texas. We have a DeKalb (Dee-KAB) county here, but in Illinois it is (Dee-KOLB), or something similar.

The name that brought me to this forum today was Elgin, TX. Their girls Little League Softball was on ESPN tonight, and the announcer kept calling the city EL-gin, where I always thought it was EL-jun. After looking it up, it seems the announcer was correct. It isn't pronounced that way everywhere though.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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Default How does your navigator say it?

Okay, what about THIS? (forgive me if someone has already brought this up; I didn't have time to read the whole thread...)

For those of you that have navigators, how does your navigator pronounce things?
Mine says, for Nacogdoches: Nah kawg duchESS

Bandera is bonn DEHR a (which is actually more accurately than most of us pronounce it...

It will also slur in the word 'Road' in most names, the best example actually BEING with Bandera...

it goes like bonn DERRaroad - you hardly pick up the 'r' in road at all....
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