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« on: April 28, 2008, 11:31:28 AM »

John brought up the town near him called Fork'ed River (emphasized for syllable count, not for spelling).

Around here there are tons of towns that you have to be a local to pronounce properly.  One of the biggest giveaways that y'all ain't from 'round heah is how you pronounce the name of the town of Quincy.  Tell me how to pronounce it like a native - and if you're a native, don't play!  evil

We also have Worcester, Leicester, Athol, Woburn, those are the worst at the tip of my tongue.  Give them a shot!

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008, 11:37:30 AM »

I am not even going to try. I have been to a lot of places with unusual names, especially the American Indian names in the West, but none so strange as MA!  I swear half the towns in MA have names that sound nothing like they are spelled.  grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 12:46:03 AM »

I'm guessing Queency, must be a bee town.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 07:26:36 AM »

I'm guessing Queency, must be a bee town.
Nope, not Queency, but there are bees there  cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 02:06:20 PM »

We also have Worcester, Leicester, Athol, Woburn, those are the worst at the tip of my tongue.  Give them a shot!

Well, I know one of those. Worchester is pronounced Wuh-ster. The uh in there is hard to explain, though...it's not the u in luck, it's the shorter u sound in wood.

I would guess that Leicester is similar, maybe Lie-ster? Could be Lay-ster, I guess. I'm not even going to attempt the others.

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 02:39:34 PM »

You almost have Worcester right, it's more like Wuhsta, though.  Leicester is pronounced Lester, so you were pretty close.  No one has Quincy right yet though, and that's the most telling, you hear it mispronounced all the time on newscasts that don't originate from the area.

Years and years ago there was a plane crash in Billerica that killed some of the top executives from Digital Equipment.  ABC News and Peter Jennings was broadcasting at the time, and it was funny to hear him call it Bill-ericka instead of Billricka, which is how it sounds phonetically.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008, 04:07:58 PM »

In NJ there is a town called Buena-only its pronounced Byoona, instead of bwenya.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008, 08:59:29 PM »

Other favorites from Massachusetts:

Leominster , pronounced "Lemon stir"

Peabody, pronounced "P B D"

Quincy , pronounced "Quinn C"

Woburn, pronounced "Woo burn"

Meford, pronounced  "Medfa"

One other strang thing around MA is the boro vs borough.     For example Foxboro vs. Boxborough.  Why are some boroughs shortened to boro?
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2008, 09:21:18 PM »

No fair, you're automatically disqualified being from MA!  Oh well, now the secret is out, except you still didn't pronounce Quincy right  evil
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2008, 06:39:40 AM »

Don't forget Haverhill.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2008, 06:45:05 AM »

Oh yea, I forgot that one!  cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 09:07:51 AM »

Don't forget Haverhill.


Hay-vrull, right?
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2008, 11:25:23 AM »

Don't forget Haverhill.


Hay-vrull, right?

Nope.

We also have Gloucester and Salisbury.

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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2008, 04:02:04 PM »

Oh, I dunno, Tai, Hay-vrull is closer than Quin-cee  evil
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2008, 07:34:58 AM »

The mispronunciation of Haverhill is closer than the mispronunciation of Quincy.
Yup, they are close, but you still need to change one letter in each to make it right.
I grew up in Groveland so maybe I can detect the foreign accent nuances.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2008, 11:19:11 AM »

How about Olathe, Kansas?  That one gets butchered all the time.
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2008, 12:38:11 PM »

Speaking of Mass.....

How about Chesire, or Housatonic or Holyoke.

Then in NY just across the line you have Coxsackie, Voorheesville, Wappinger

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2008, 05:22:16 PM »

salisbury

is that sound like it should be spelled sals berry
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008, 07:42:51 PM »

How about Auxvasse?  Its in Missouri...LOL
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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2008, 08:50:33 PM »

You got Salisbury right.
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