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How is Towaoc, Colorado pronounced?

Forgive the probable butchering — Toh-WAY-ik?


--- Quote from: sbeaver44 on August 21, 2022, 06:53:59 PM ---How is Towaoc, Colorado pronounced?

Forgive the probable butchering — Toh-WAY-ik?

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--- Quote from: Road Hog on August 17, 2022, 02:28:35 AM ---Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

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I'd say it's pronounced just like it's spelled—Win-nee-wood.

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is the one that doesn't pronounce it like it's spelled—Wynne has two silent letters when you pronounce it win.

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It's a compound word, compound words are typically the sum of their components, and the letter E at the end of a word is typically silent. Compare "pinewood".

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I would have guessed anything named Wynnewood would be pronounced "win-wood".

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Could have sworn the Tiger King pronounced it "win-wood", but he was originally from Miami (the one in Florida), so there may be some inaccuracy there.


--- Quote from: jp the roadgeek on August 03, 2022, 11:52:42 PM ---Canton: Cantin
Ansonia: an-SO-nee-yuh
Haddam: HAD-um
Carmel, NY: CAR-mul

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How are these confusing?

1. Founders came from different ethnic backgrounds
2. Founders may have also been illiterate
3. There were only around 26 letters available
4. Mistakes and/or annoying things happen
5. English has been overdue for orthographic reforms for a few centuries


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