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Streets That Seemed Misspelled But Are Not

Started by roadman65, February 19, 2024, 11:31:52 PM

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Drane Street, but not Drain Street.

In nearby Lakeland, FL we have a Drane Field Road named after a former icon of a long time ago who spelled his surname as D-R-A-N-E and the city named the airport Drane Field after him. Now Drane Field is Lakeland- Linder Airport ( LAL).
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Quote from: roadman65 on February 19, 2024, 11:31:52 PM
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Drane Street, but not Drain Street.

In nearby Lakeland, FL we have a Drane Field Road named after a former icon of a long time ago who spelled his surname as D-R-A-N-E and the city named the airport Drane Field after him. Now Drane Field is Lakeland- Linder Airport ( LAL).

Here in Appleton, WI, there is a minor street that is actually a commercial parking lot access that was originally named 'Nob Hill Dr'.  A few years ago the sign was changed 'Knob Hill Dr'.  The correct spelling of the name of the neighborhood in San Francisco, CA is 'Nob Hill'.

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There's a "Sevan Court" in Annandale, Virginia. It looks like it ought to be "Seven," but I have no idea what the name's origin might be.

One of the apartment complexes in Kingstowne has an "Edgeware Lane." Presumably, given the overall British-themed names for a fair number of streets and neighborhoods in the area, it was supposed to be named after Edgware Road in London and somebody misspelled it.
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Lahser Road in Metro Detroit.  Many not from there will mispronounce the street name as "Lasher". https://maps.app.goo.gl/LLieXZBq9ymrV92N7
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There's a couple in Norman OK:
- Lindsey Street gets misspelled as "Lindsay" occasionally (since that's the way that the female name is usually spelled, I'm guessing). Even ODOT has fallen prey to this and had to fix it with greenout.
- Ann Branden Drive often gets misspelled as Ann Brandon. I actually had to go back and forth with people at work on this because we had a patron who lived on that street and people kept "fixing" the spelling on their account, and then I would change it back to the correct spelling, and someone would "fix" it again, etc.
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There's a Monroe St. sign on Munroe St. in Newburyport, but both are valid spellings (the latter being the author of xkcd (not COVID, thank you autocorrect)), so that one feels like one name mix-up for another rather than the correct street name being "not a name".
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A few related examples in my hometown, Hamden CT: One road is signed and shown on maps as both Downes Rd. and Downs Rd. Nobody seems to know for sure which us right.
A street was named Hellen St. for the woman who owned the land and spelled her name that way. It was soon corrected to Helen St.
One street in a group named for places near Philadelphia was spelled Swathmore because that is the local pronunciation of Swarthmore. Before long the 'r' was inserted.

GaryV

Quote from: Brandon on February 20, 2024, 04:34:30 PM
Lahser Road in Metro Detroit.  Many not from there will mispronounce the street name as "Lasher".
There's plenty natives that mispronounce it too.

ran4sh

In Oconee County GA, Daniells Bridge Rd and Jimmy Daniell Rd . The latter crosses the county line and for whatever reason, neighboring Clarke County spells it Jimmie Daniel Rd . Both of these roads have had GDOT or contractor signage spell "Daniell" with just one L. In fact I think the existing GDOT sign at the intersection of Jimmy Daniell and 316 (US 29/78) spells it Jimmy Daniel.
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Bearss Avenue in Tampa. I'm sure I'm not the only one who pronounces it like the football team! :bigass:
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Quote from: Henry on February 20, 2024, 11:01:28 PM
Bearss Avenue in Tampa. I'm sure I'm not the only one who pronounces it like the football team! :bigass:
Had a friend with that last name.
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Quote from: mgk920 on February 20, 2024, 12:10:30 PM
Here in Appleton, WI, there is a minor street that is actually a commercial parking lot access that was originally named 'Nob Hill Dr'.  A few years ago the sign was changed 'Knob Hill Dr'.  The correct spelling of the name of the neighborhood in San Francisco, CA is 'Nob Hill'.

Mike

There are several towns in North America called "Knob Hill" which I would think have to do with some local hill or mountain - which makes it redundant, since a knob is a hill.

Originally California Hill, Nob Hill in San Francisco was named for the railroad barons (Stanford, Huntington, Crocker, Hopkins) and other wealthy people who built mansions there. "Nob" as a term for a rich person was a shortening of "nabob" which was an Anglo-Indian term for Europeans who went east to Asia to make their fortune.

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Sullivant Ave. in Columbus, OH. Named after the founding father of what is now a neighborhood, Franklinton.

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Quote from: Henry on February 20, 2024, 11:01:28 PM
Bearss Avenue in Tampa. I'm sure I'm not the only one who pronounces it like the football team! :bigass:

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I live right by Hampden Avenue. It's pronounced Hamden, but looking at it, you'd think Hampton. I don't know if I think it seems misspelled, but it's in the middle of those two.

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Quote from: GaryV on February 20, 2024, 06:24:49 PM
Quote from: Brandon on February 20, 2024, 04:34:30 PM
Lahser Road in Metro Detroit.  Many not from there will mispronounce the street name as "Lasher".
There's plenty natives that mispronounce it too.

Interesting because when I look at that name, I want to mispronounce it "laser".
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RZF

In Oxnard, CA there's Gonzales Rd (correct spelling), but so many people and businesses say it's Gonzalez Rd because that's the more common spelling of that last name.

Similarly, on Channel Islands Blvd, there was once a street sign at the Saviers Rd intersection that implied there was only one Channel Island. It has since been replaced:
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Quote from: RZF on February 21, 2024, 11:28:48 AM
In Oxnard, CA there's Gonzales Rd (correct spelling), but so many people and businesses say it's Gonzalez Rd because that's the more common spelling of that last name.

We used to have two different managers at work with that name:  one with a z, the other with an s.  Only one is left.
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Male pronouns, please.

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Flint1979

Quote from: Brandon on February 20, 2024, 04:34:30 PM
Lahser Road in Metro Detroit.  Many not from there will mispronounce the street name as "Lasher". https://maps.app.goo.gl/LLieXZBq9ymrV92N7
I've always pronounced it Lah-sher.

Flint1979

Some Detroit street names that people might not know how to pronounce are Gratiot, Cadieux, Livernois, Schoenherr, Charlevoix and Dequindre.

JayhawkCO

Quote from: Flint1979 on February 21, 2024, 01:10:14 PM
Some Detroit street names that people might not know how to pronounce are Gratiot, Cadieux, Livernois, Schoenherr, Charlevoix and Dequindre.

But I wouldn't think those were misspelled, just perhaps difficult to pronounce. I think for the purposes of this thread, it has to be spelled almost exactly like a far more common name/word.

Rothman

Quote from: JayhawkCO on February 21, 2024, 10:02:09 AM
I live right by Hampden Avenue. It's pronounced Hamden, but looking at it, you'd think Hampton. I don't know if I think it seems misspelled, but it's in the middle of those two.
See Hampden County in MA, which is pronounced that way.

Only silly people would see it as "Hampton." :D
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Streetman

Quote from: Rothman on February 21, 2024, 11:33:55 PM
Quote from: JayhawkCO on February 21, 2024, 10:02:09 AM
I live right by Hampden Avenue. It's pronounced Hamden, but looking at it, you'd think Hampton. I don't know if I think it seems misspelled, but it's in the middle of those two.
See Hampden County in MA, which is pronounced that way.

Only silly people would see it as "Hampton." :D
There is also a town of Hampden, MA, and people from that state sometimes misspell my town of Hamden, CT. There is also a Hampton, CT.

Rothman

Quote from: Streetman on February 22, 2024, 08:40:03 AM
Quote from: Rothman on February 21, 2024, 11:33:55 PM
Quote from: JayhawkCO on February 21, 2024, 10:02:09 AM
I live right by Hampden Avenue. It's pronounced Hamden, but looking at it, you'd think Hampton. I don't know if I think it seems misspelled, but it's in the middle of those two.
See Hampden County in MA, which is pronounced that way.

Only silly people would see it as "Hampton." :D
There is also a town of Hampden, MA, and people from that state sometimes misspell my town of Hamden, CT. There is also a Hampton, CT.
For once, CT gets it right.
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Stephenville, Texas has a Kight Street, which I assume is pronounced as "kite."  I've known people who lived there and pronounced it as "nite," apparently having misread it.
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