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Pronouncing Town Names
« on: April 28, 2008, 12:31:28 PM »
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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Re: Pronouncing Town Names
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008, 12:37:30 PM »
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.  :-D

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 01:46:03 AM »
I'm guessing Queency, must be a bee town.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 08:26:36 AM »
I'm guessing Queency, must be a bee town.
Nope, not Queency, but there are bees there  :lol:

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Re: Pronouncing Town Names
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 03:06:20 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, 03:39:34 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, 05:07:58 PM »
In NJ there is a town called Buena-only its pronounced Byoona, instead of bwenya.
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Re: Pronouncing Town Names
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008, 09:59:29 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, 10:21:18 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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Re: Pronouncing Town Names
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2008, 07:39:40 AM »
Don't forget Haverhill.

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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2008, 07:45:05 AM »
Oh yea, I forgot that one!  :lol:

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 10:07:51 AM »
Don't forget Haverhill.


Hay-vrull, right?

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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2008, 12:25:23 PM »
Don't forget Haverhill.


Hay-vrull, right?

Nope.

We also have Gloucester and Salisbury.


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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2008, 05:02:04 PM »
Oh, I dunno, Tai, Hay-vrull is closer than Quin-cee  :evil:

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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2008, 08:34:58 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.  :)
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2008, 12:19:11 PM »
How about Olathe, Kansas?  That one gets butchered all the time.

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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2008, 01:38:11 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, 06:22:16 PM »
salisbury

is that sound like it should be spelled sals berry
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008, 08:42:51 PM »
How about Auxvasse?  Its in Missouri...LOL

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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2008, 09:50:33 PM »
You got Salisbury right.

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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2008, 10:49:57 PM »
How about Olathe, Kansas?  That one gets butchered all the time.

Well in Colorado the town with the same spelling is pronounced: oh-LAY-thuh

Here are a few more tough ones in Colorado:

Ouray:  yer-AY
Saguache:  suh-WATCH
Niwot: NY-waht
Florida: fluh-REE-da
Huerfano: WAR-fuh-no
And the town were I work that shouldn't be too hard, but is most often pronounced wrong by non-locals: Louisville: LOO-iss-vill




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Re: Pronouncing Town Names
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2008, 08:27:50 AM »
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.
Interesting. I grew up near Wooster, Ohio. Does NOT rhyme with rooster. It's pronounced Wuh-ster, exactly as you described it - with the 'u' sound in wood.

A little town nearby is Berlin, with the accent on the first syllable instead of the second. So instead of pronouncing it as you would "ber-LIN, Germany", it's BERL-in.

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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2008, 09:37:45 PM »
how about Salladasburg, PA?
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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2009, 07:07:24 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 #24 on: February 12, 2009, 09:35:50 AM »
You forgot Weymouth Ann.
No one ever knows how to pronounce it when I am on the phone giving my address.

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« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2009, 11:05:45 AM »
I swore I posted to this a long time ago - ugh.

The two that gets most attention in Central/Southern NJ are:

Colliers - said as Kai Ards - I actually have always said Collie-ers, but few locals know what I'm talking about

Forked River - where Fork and Ed and pronounced separately as in They put a Fork in Ed. This one always gets a chuckle in movie theaters when local commercials made elsewhere called it "ForkT River" and new Philadelphia weathermen always get corrected by the TV news staff "Live" when Forked River is used as a sample on the weather map and called Forkt.

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« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2009, 12:40:22 PM »
well two wheeler beat me to olathe co.  i lived near havre de grace md when i was in the army (havr di gra)  and i have heard news anchors really butcher kenai alaska,  locals pronounce it keen eye  oh and dont even talk about travel hosts  andrew zimmern called it ken ah i :rofl:
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« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2009, 02:51:47 PM »
Try this one...

Ebensburg.

Aside from the correct pronunciation, I've heard two other failed attempts.  I'll say what they are later on.
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