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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #200 on: August 04, 2022, 09:25:16 AM »

Carmel, NY: CAR-mul
Katonah: kah-TONE-uh
Uhh... how else would you pronounce those ones?

Presumably car-MEL* and kah-TUN-ah, both of which seem odd to me, but I guess that's why they're pronounced the way they are...

*I think Carmel, IN may be pronounced this way, but not 100% sure (?)

Carmel, IN, is pronounced exactly like Carmel, NY, above.

I've learned from watching golf at Pebble Beach that the Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea is pronounced car-MEL.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #201 on: August 13, 2022, 10:31:01 AM »

Java, NY. Pronounced "JAY-vuh". Not "JAH-vuh".
Ischua, NY. Pronounced "ISH-way". Not "ISH-oo-uh".
Cuylerville, NY. Pronounced "KYE-ler-vil", not "KOO-eh-ler-vil".
Of course "new-ARK", Delaware was already mentioned.

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #202 on: August 13, 2022, 07:58:53 PM »

New Orleans, LA - the locals pronounce "Orleans" with the e silent. I have verified this myself with a coworker who traveled there couple weeks ago.
It is either New Or-lunz or (for the truly locals) Nawlins.  It is never EVER New OrLEENZ if you live here.  (Although city is in OrLEENZ Parish -- go figure.)

Nawlins/N'awlins is a tourism/marketing term. Never heard it pronounced that way locally. Most common is New OR-lunz or sometimes New OR-lee-uns, which seems to be more common among radio announcers. A real Yat might pronounce it New OR-lyuns.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #203 on: August 15, 2022, 10:54:35 PM »

New Orleans, LA - the locals pronounce "Orleans" with the e silent. I have verified this myself with a coworker who traveled there couple weeks ago.
It is either New Or-lunz or (for the truly locals) Nawlins.  It is never EVER New OrLEENZ if you live here.  (Although city is in OrLEENZ Parish -- go figure.)

Nawlins/N'awlins is a tourism/marketing term. Never heard it pronounced that way locally. Most common is New OR-lunz or sometimes New OR-lee-uns, which seems to be more common among radio announcers. A real Yat might pronounce it New OR-lyuns.

I call it La Nouvelle-Orléans because I can and for no other reason.  :spin:
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #204 on: August 17, 2022, 02:28:35 AM »

Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #205 on: August 17, 2022, 02:33:50 AM »

New Orleans, LA - the locals pronounce "Orleans" with the e silent. I have verified this myself with a coworker who traveled there couple weeks ago.
It is either New Or-lunz or (for the truly locals) Nawlins.  It is never EVER New OrLEENZ if you live here.  (Although city is in OrLEENZ Parish -- go figure.)

Nawlins/N'awlins is a tourism/marketing term. Never heard it pronounced that way locally. Most common is New OR-lunz or sometimes New OR-lee-uns, which seems to be more common among radio announcers. A real Yat might pronounce it New OR-lyuns.

I call it La Nouvelle-Orléans because I can and for no other reason.  :spin:

I call it that way because that's how it's called in my native language.  :bigass:
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #206 on: August 17, 2022, 05:32:15 AM »

Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

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.

The rail workers that built that rail line were from Pennsylvania, so many of the sidings, which later grew into towns along US-77, were named after places in Pennsylvania. Ardmore and Paoli are two others.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #207 on: August 17, 2022, 06:32:46 AM »

Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

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.


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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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #208 on: August 17, 2022, 08:43:25 AM »

Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

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.


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".

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

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #209 on: August 17, 2022, 12:37:38 PM »

New Orleans, LA - the locals pronounce "Orleans" with the e silent. I have verified this myself with a coworker who traveled there couple weeks ago.
It is either New Or-lunz or (for the truly locals) Nawlins.  It is never EVER New OrLEENZ if you live here.  (Although city is in OrLEENZ Parish -- go figure.)

Nawlins/N'awlins is a tourism/marketing term. Never heard it pronounced that way locally. Most common is New OR-lunz or sometimes New OR-lee-uns, which seems to be more common among radio announcers. A real Yat might pronounce it New OR-lyuns.

I call it La Nouvelle-Orléans because I can and for no other reason.  :spin:

I call it that way because that's how it's called in my native language.  :bigass:

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #210 on: August 21, 2022, 06:53:59 PM »

How is Towaoc, Colorado pronounced?

Forgive the probable butchering — Toh-WAY-ik?
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #211 on: August 21, 2022, 08:45:11 PM »

How is Towaoc, Colorado pronounced?

Forgive the probable butchering — Toh-WAY-ik?

TOE-yock

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #212 on: August 21, 2022, 09:15:25 PM »

Found a good one while watching tornado videos: Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

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.


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".

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

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.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #213 on: August 24, 2022, 08:55:08 AM »

Canton: Cantin
Ansonia: an-SO-nee-yuh
Haddam: HAD-um
Carmel, NY: CAR-mul
Katonah:kah-TONE-uh

How are these confusing?
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« Reply #214 on: August 24, 2022, 09:15:20 AM »

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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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #215 on: August 24, 2022, 10:04:46 AM »

A couple for Ontario:

Ajax (EH-jax)
Delhi (DELL-high) - different from India's "DELL-ee"
Etobicoke (uh-TOE-buh-koe)
Gananoque (GAN-uh-KNOCK-way) - I thought this would be pronounced more like French with silent "ue"
Tecumseh (Tuh-CUM-see)
Vaughan (Vawn)
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #216 on: August 24, 2022, 10:10:38 AM »

Vaughan (Vawn)

This one is at least consistent with people who have that as a name.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #217 on: August 24, 2022, 04:13:01 PM »

Delhi (DELL-high) - different from India's "DELL-ee"

It's pronounced DELL-high in Ohio as well.
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« Reply #218 on: August 25, 2022, 09:41:00 AM »

Not a town but a county. How do you pronounce Houston, AL?  Is it like the city, or like the street in New York?

I don't know, but Houston, DE is like the street in New York.

Newark, DE is "NEW-ark" and Newark, NJ is "NEW-erk".  It bugs me when Philadelphia TV newscasters pronounce them the same way.

My wife grinces when I apparently mispronounce Yakima (WA).  But her mother (who has lived almost her whole life in Yakima Valley) pronounces Washington "WURSH-ing-ton".

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #219 on: August 25, 2022, 12:14:20 PM »

My wife grinces when I apparently mispronounce Yakima (WA).

How are you pronouncing it. Ya-KEE-muh?

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #220 on: August 25, 2022, 01:00:47 PM »

My wife grinces when I apparently mispronounce Yakima (WA).

How are you pronouncing it. Ya-KEE-muh?

More like YA-kim-ah.  Of course, with her having been raised in rural Washington, and my having been raised mainly in Nashville, TN and Newark, DE, we don't pronounce any vowels the same way.
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« Reply #221 on: August 25, 2022, 01:02:24 PM »

My wife grinces when I apparently mispronounce Yakima (WA).

How are you pronouncing it. Ya-KEE-muh?

More like YA-kim-ah.  Of course, with her having been raised in rural Washington, and my having been raised mainly in Nashville, TN and Newark, DE, we don't pronounce any vowels the same way.

I definitely say (and hear) YEAH-ki-muh. Doesn't look that different from what you're saying.

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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #222 on: August 25, 2022, 01:23:11 PM »

How about Belpre, Ohio?  Is it pronounced BELL-pray?
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #223 on: August 25, 2022, 01:40:43 PM »

How about Belpre, Ohio?  Is it pronounced BELL-pray?

I've always heard BELL-pree, but I have no idea if that's how the locals say it.
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Re: Towns that are not pronounced as they’re written
« Reply #224 on: August 25, 2022, 03:21:24 PM »

How about Belpre, Ohio?  Is it pronounced BELL-pray?

I've always heard BELL-pree, but I have no idea if that's how the locals say it.

Almost correct, it is bell-pree (equal emphasis, although sometimes I've heard more emphasis on the last syllable as bel-PREE).  I've got a bunch of relatives there, plus the side of the family that has the "Scooby Doo" connection, as they live in nearby Coolville.
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