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Old 06-26-2021, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by tonyleoni View Post
Never noticed anyone saying Venchura and have been a fan of the song for many years and never heard Venchura in the song. Just went back and re-listened and sure enough... it's there - Venchura. I personally don't like Venchura and it would be weird pronouncing it that way, but these days when you hear people pronouncing "STR" words like "street" "destruction" and "Extreme" as "Shtreet" "Deshtruction" and "Exshtreme" seems like anything goes, so maybe no one would notice if you said Venchura. Worst case scenario, people might wonder if you were born in 1899 but look really good for your age or if you're from out of town.
I too am a fan of the America song, I was a kid when it was a hit on the radio. I thought they were saying venture a highway! It was sometime later I learned it was a city and the name of a highway in California, but always pronounced it Ven-tu-ra once I knew. Growing up in San Antonio I have to admit it grates on my nerves when TV shows or movies in LA pronounce the street or area as San Peed-row.
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Old 06-26-2021, 09:28 PM
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Ventura has no "ch" in it.

This is, according to Jesse Ventura. Wrestler/politician from Minnysooota....
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:12 AM
Location: New Castle, DE
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This thread took down a rabbit hole, maybe because I've lived in a lot of different towns in a lot of different states. I remembered how jarring it was to hear newscasters mispronounce Loogootee, IN, when I was a kid ( Hoosiers from that area pronounce it Luh - GO - tee). While trying to find an online example that got it right I stumbled upon this great site, filled with links I really want to travel down: https://www.rd.com/list/difficult-to-pronounce-towns/
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