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View Poll Results: Pronunciation
Pienellas 5 13.16%
Pihnellas 33 86.84%
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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We all know that the county to the west of Hillsborough is Pinellas. But how do you pronounce it? I have lived here all my live and I've always said it like "Pienellas." It's not really stressed, like, say, Pie-nellas. More and more often, people call that to my attention. I ask them how they say it, and they say "Pihnellas," the ih sounding like the I in "pin."

Is there a right way? Has anybody noticed this?

Just seems interesting.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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According to Wikipedia:

History

Timeline of Pinellas County, Florida history.
Pinellas County seceded from Hillsborough County in 1911, and was named for the Spanish Punta Piñal ("Point of Pines" or "Piney Point"). The Pinellas Peninsula, dividing Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, and a small part of the mainland were incorporated into the county.

If the name comes from the spanish Pinal, then the pronunciation should be "Pihnellas".
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If we are pronouncing it like it's Spanish, wouldn't that be pihn-aye-yas?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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I agree with Tampaornot its like Pihnellas, if it come from the spanish pinal.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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north of Tampa is a little stretch of road called Pineola. It's pronounced Pine-ee-ola which I thought was funny. And then there's Lutz... Loots...

I'm goin' with Pin-ellus County
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:09 PM
 
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What about Puh nelas?
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:10 PM
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Pin-elle-ess.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Florida (Pinelllas County) and I have always said Pine-elles. People correct me all the time. I'm not sure who or where I picked it up from but I must've been taught to say it this way at one point in my life. To me it only makes sense to say it the way it is spelled. If it was pronounced Pin-ellas I would think it would have to have 2 nn's in the spelling to make it correct..... just sayin'
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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What about Puh nelas?
That's how I say it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I was born and raised in Florida (Pinelllas County) and I have always said Pine-elles. People correct me all the time. I'm not sure who or where I picked it up from but I must've been taught to say it this way at one point in my life. To me it only makes sense to say it the way it is spelled. If it was pronounced Pin-ellas I would think it would have to have 2 nn's in the spelling to make it correct..... just sayin'
That's funny that you, the native, get corrected! And you're right, according to the rules of English grammar, a vowel before a single consonant should be a long one, not a short.

But it apparently is a Spanish word, so I guess that changes things. And as newbie snowbird to Pinellas, I have never once heard it pronounced your way, and I've by now met a lot of locals, born and bred.
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