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Old 01-11-2008, 07:36 AM
 
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What is your preferred pronunciation of Monongahela?
Mononga-HEE-la or Mononga-HAY-la?

I’ve heard both.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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i just call it the mon because I can't spell it or pronounce it right.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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Well, dictionary.com sites it as being Mononga-HEE-la, but I've personally never heard anyone say it that way. I always say Mononga-HAY-la, but then again, Pittsburghers have a bad habit of butchering the pronunciation of names (e.g. Versailles). I would say no one would look at you funny for saying it either way, if that's what you're going for
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:15 AM
 
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I've always pronounced it Mononga-HEE-la. Never really heard it said the other way.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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What is your preferred pronunciation of Monongahela?
Mononga-HEE-la or Mononga-HAY-la?

I’ve heard both.
I've always said Mononga-HAY-la...

Of course I also say ga-ZAY-bo, not ga-ZEE-bo. Both are correct.

I also watch too much Brit TV....
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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I've also heard Monon ga h*e*l*l ah, with the accent on the asterisked syllable.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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Mononga-HAY-la?
For sure.
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I've also heard Monon ga h*e*l*l ah, with the accent on the asterisked syllable.
Me, too, Pittsnurse. My friend from Harrisburg says it this way, it's REALLY bizarre to hear.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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Hay-la. Used to live there (Mon valley) thats the way we all pronounced it.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I say it the second way; but I've also heard it the way that Pittnurse was describing.
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Old 01-11-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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I live in Ohio and i say "hay". I think Bruce Springsteen says it the other way in his song about Youngstown.
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