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Old 05-12-2010, 12:54 AM
 
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It makes my ears bleed, please tell me there's a good reason people say "Las Gatas" instead of "Los Gatos?"

Thank you. It will help me not stick out like a sore thumb if I can rationalize my head into saying it your way.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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You can't explain local pronunciations, they tend to have developed over many years. It is what it is. As a native French speaker, pronunciation of French place names used to bug me to no end here, until I realized that they've been that way for 200+ years.

Frankly, if someone says "Loss Gah-TOES" you can tell they've never been here
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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LOL. That is what I figured, and people keep recommending it as a place to add to our housing search but I just can't if I have to say it the other way! I was hoping I could find a way to rationalize it beyond just "it's been mispronounced for so long we kept it that way."
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Frankly, if someone says "Loss Gah-TOES" you can tell they've never been here
It's Lows GAH-Toes. Just havin fun here.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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It's Lows GAH-Toes. Just havin fun here.

LOL. I was thinking maybe it was all the Spanish influence in SoCal that has this silly thing eating me up.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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It makes my ears bleed, please tell me there's a good reason people say "Las Gatas" instead of "Los Gatos?"

Thank you. It will help me not stick out like a sore thumb if I can rationalize my head into saying it your way.
How can you hear pronunciation over the internet?
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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LOL. That is what I figured, and people keep recommending it as a place to add to our housing search but I just can't if I have to say it the other way! I was hoping I could find a way to rationalize it beyond just "it's been mispronounced for so long we kept it that way."
So, you're not going to include this awesome town in your housing search just because it is pronounced a certain way? Wow...
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Almost as bad as hearing a newscaster on the radio say, "Exxon Val-deeez." And she repeated that pronunciation several times...
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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So, you're not going to include this awesome town in your housing search just because it is pronounced a certain way? Wow...
Nobody tell her about how people pronounce Palo Alto..
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:19 PM
 
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Almost as bad as hearing a newscaster on the radio say, "Exxon Val-deeez." And she repeated that pronunciation several times...
Or a president say 'nucular.'

I have heard it in person, that is what I meant.

I know, it's ridiculous, but I cannot pronounce it that way and like a PPer said I'd be outing myself as an 'outsider' everytime I say it according to spanish pronouciation.

These are the issues of an editor's child, I will tell you. Don't get me started on the responses I'd get when I corrected my high school English teachers. LOL.
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