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Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written

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--- Quote from: WillWeaverRVA on May 27, 2022, 10:22:13 AM ---Buena Vista, VA is probably the most obvious example in Virginia - it's pronounced "byoona vista".

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That and Staunton with its silent U.

Haverhill, Massachusetts looks like it should be pronounced Haver - Hill, but it’s actually pronounced HAY - vril.

Many town and city names in the UK, although it might be partly the accent. Reading is pronounced "redding", for example, and anything ending in -gate is pronounced "-git".


--- Quote from: webny99 on May 27, 2022, 12:37:37 PM ---Reading is pronounced "redding", for example

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As I said earlier:

--- Quote from: kphoger on May 27, 2022, 10:32:16 AM ---There's no real reason Reading shouldn't be pronounced red-ding.  I mean, it just rhymes with breading, dreading, and treading.

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--- Quote from: roadman65 on May 27, 2022, 10:15:26 AM ---Houston Street in NYC,  though not a town, is pronounced House Ton and not like the city in Texas.  Alright not like someone else won’t derail this later.

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This pronunciation is the one that's pronounced like it's written, as evidenced by your transcription. It's the city in Texas that isn't, by giving the "ou" a very uncommon "yoo" sound.


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