C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me
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
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".
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.
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.
When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?
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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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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Now, now, let's not go bashing Naptown. I mean, at least it ain't GaryOriginally posted by Whose Yur Planner
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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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
I hate it when outtowners pronuce Dude as Dude when its
Or Br'a as Braw
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People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor
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"