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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Here's one for luckless ped: there's a lake in northern Maine named Chemquasibamticook. Good luck wrapping your mouth around that pissah!
    A river runs through Houlton, ME... The Meduxnekeag River!
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    The one everyone in FL knows is ki-SIM-ee, which tourists pronounce KISS-a-mee

    I recently heard an imported newscaster call Ocala OAK-a-la instead of o-CAL-a

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Chili, outside Rochester, is apparently CHI-LIE, not like chili as in peppers.
    Don't forget the Rochester neighborhood of Charlotte, which is pronounced "shar-LOTT", It confused the hell out of Buffalonians more familiar with the traditional pronunciation of their city's exclave in North Carolina.

    The name of a southwestern suburb of Kansas City also confuses the hell out of a lot of people. Non-locals often say "oh-laith" or "oh-lath", while those that live there insist it's "oh-laith-uh". However, the proper pronunciation is actually "g*****m f*****g s**tstained hell on Earth".

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    The name of a southwestern suburb of Kansas City also confuses the hell out of a lot of people. Non-locals often say "oh-laith" or "oh-lath", while those that live there insist it's "oh-laith-uh". However, the proper pronunciation is actually "g*****m f*****g s**tstained hell on Earth".
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    I've been puzzled about how to pronounce "Yosemite" as in the national park in the US.

    Can anyone help me out?

    And...to make this thread a bit more interesting, I'm sure that within each group of local and regional mispronuncations, there would be "D/deaf speech" to throw things off too. The same could be said for those who speak from the side of their mouth, like Jean Chretien, a former prime minister for Canada.

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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux View post
    I've been puzzled about how to pronounce "Yosemite" as in the national park in the US.

    Can anyone help me out?
    yo-sem-it-ee

    [former resident of Missoula, just down the road... mizz-oo-lah]

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    A little town in north central Indiana is gal-VEST-on, not GAL-ves-ton. Also in nc Indiana PEE-ru, not PER-ru. What can I say, not the sharpest tools in the shed up there.
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    Supposedly, it's a crime to pronounce the city of Joliet, IL as "Jolly-Et" within the city limits of said town, as opposed to the correct pronounciation "Joe-Lee-Et. I think you can get fined or something. Whether this is true or actually enforced, I don't know.

    Also, everyone from Illinois can't stand people who pronounce it "Ill-uh-noize" instead of "Ill-uh-noy".

    As for the city of Chicago, both "Shi-Cah-Go" and "Shi-Caw-Go" are acceptable, but the latter usually suggests a heavy Chicago accent.

    Also, can't forget the rigid style of accent Chicagoans are famous for. You know, "One, Two, Tree", "Deez, Demz, and Doez", "Da Bears", etc.

    Another point of interest is that DeKalb, IL is pronounced "De-KaLb", whereas DeKalb County, GA is pronounced "Dee-KaBB". Also, Des Plaines, IL is pronounced "Dess-Plains", while Des Moines, IA is pronounced "Deh-Moyn".

    Finally, a little town on the Illinois River called Henry, IL is pronounced "'Enry", as opposed to "Henry".
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    Quote Originally posted by Plannerbabs View post
    Indianapolis--Ind-da-NAP-o-lis. The emphasis on "Nap" is entirely un-ironic, and pretty common.
    That's how you know someone is from Indiana, and NOT from Indianapolis. But they might go there for exciting adventures.

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    when we visited Ravenswood vinyard in California the sommelier was happy to see that I knew how to correctly say Lodi, as in Low-d-eye

    only central/western NY-er's know that by heart

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    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    That's how you know someone is from Indiana, and NOT from Indianapolis. But they might go there for exciting adventures.
    I've always pronounced it Indiana-no-place.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I've always pronounced it Indiana-no-place.
    That's closer to the truth than you can possibly imagine.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post

    The name of a southwestern suburb of Kansas City also confuses the hell out of a lot of people. Non-locals often say "oh-laith" or "oh-lath", while those that live there insist it's "oh-laith-uh". However, the proper pronunciation is actually "g*****m f*****g s**tstained hell on Earth".

    My brother lives in the suburb next door...he shares your thoughts.


    Tell midwesterners, is it Miss-ou-ri or Miss-ou-ra and is it Ill-i-nois or Ill-i-noy


    Which politician recently said Ar-kan-sas instead of Ar-kan-saw?
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I've always pronounced it Indiana-no-place.
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    That's closer to the truth than you can possibly imagine.
    Now, now, let's not go bashing Naptown. I mean, at least it ain't Gary

    It's Ne-vaa-da, not Ne-VAH-da.
    Locals pronounce it Wilkes-Burrah, not Wilkes-Barry or Wilkes-Bare.
    NHP can tell you it's Conc-erd not Con-cord, and like others eleswhere Burl-in, not Ber-Lin.
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    my spell check just went under...

    yes Gedunker and Mastiff - I live and have lived in places with unpronounceable names

    I grew up on Onondaga = ON-on-da-ga
    swam in Skaneatles Lake = Skinny-ATlas

    my husband attended Quinsigamond College some years back = kwi-SIG-a-mon

    and my favorite lake I frequent (because I have a friend with a camp there, of course ) is Ambajejus (as spelled by the Chamber but the Native Americans had a more creative spelling which I can't find at the moment) = AmbI-jesus

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    These pronunciations may have began as Anglo butchering, but now are actually the accepted proper pronunciations for those places.
    The worst perpetrator of this is Islamorada in the Florida Keys. It is pronounced eye-luh-morah-duh instead of the proper Spanish pronunciation of ees-la-morah-dah.

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    I hate it when outtowners pronuce Dude as Dude when its
    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUde

    Or Br'a as Braw
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    swam in Skaneatles Lake = Skinny-ATlas
    Could all who swim there be said to 'skinny dip'?
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    NHP can tell you it's Conc-erd not Con-cord.
    There is a Con-cord........its Concord, NC (just north of Charlotte).
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    My brother lives in the suburb next door...he shares your thoughts.


    Tell midwesterners, is it Miss-ou-ri or Miss-ou-ra and is it Ill-i-nois or Ill-i-noy


    Which politician recently said Ar-kan-sas instead of Ar-kan-saw?
    If you live in Missouri, it's MissourA, if you don't, it's Missouri. You do not pronounce the "s" at the end of Illinois. Same as Des Moines.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Now, now, let's not go bashing Naptown. I mean, at least it ain't Gary
    Nor is it Chicago, where I visited many more times than Indy. Besides 'dunker you live near Louisville, a pretty nice town as I remember.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Locals pronounce it Wilkes-Burrah, not Wilkes-Barry or Wilkes-Bare.
    Hmm, I did some work there recently and the locals pronounced it like Wilkes-BERRY.

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    Quote Originally posted by Mud Princess View post
    Hmm, I did some work there recently and the locals pronounced it like Wilkes-BERRY.
    Having grown up outside of Philly, I actually have heard both of these pronunciations (neither of which seem to relate well to the spelling). Add the Philly accent, though, and even "berry" becomes something like "buhrry." Confused? Absolutely.

    Growing up, I actually though it was Wilkes Burrough because of Gedunker's observation that some people say "burrah." I was truly baffled the first time I saw it in print. Personally, I say Wilkes Burrah, but I never actually lived there, so I'm not a good loewcoo contact...
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    Gloucester, MA: It's GLAH-sta, "glaucester"
    Worcester, MA: It's WUSS-ta, not "warcester"
    Peabody, MA: It's PEE-biddy, not "peaBODY"

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