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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2008, 01:35:09 am »


      There are lots of places around here that have names that are hard to pronounce if you don't
llive here..   There is the Willamette river.. We pronounce it will am it.  Strangers want to say
Will a met.  Then there is Puyallup...pronounced Pu al up.. and many many interpretations of it
are around. 



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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2008, 09:04:04 am »
Pennsylvania has a "Mount CAR-mul." I understand there is a "New MAD-rid" in Missouri and a "KAY-ro" (Cairo) in Illinois (and is that Ill-i-noy, Ill-uh-noy, Ill-i-noise, or Ill-uh-noise?).

The worst news reader mispronunciation I ever heard wasn't of a place name. One December when I was in junior high, a reader for the local TV station pronounced the name of the Jewish Festival of Lights as "Cha-NOO-kuh." He was fired forthwith.
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2008, 09:18:00 am »
Pennsylvania has a "Mount CAR-mul." I understand there is a "New MAD-rid" in Missouri and a "KAY-ro" (Cairo) in Illinois (and is that Ill-i-noy, Ill-uh-noy, Ill-i-noise, or Ill-uh-noise?).


Either one of the "noy" versions was the way I heard it when I lived there. They save the "s" sound for Des Plaines, pronounced "dess planes."

Here in Maine, Calais is callously pronounced "callous", not "kah - lay."

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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2008, 09:36:22 am »
Here in Maine, Calais is callously pronounced "callous", not "kah - lay."

Back in the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries, that's how the English pronounced the name of that place in France across the strait from Dover.
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2008, 10:19:32 am »

Fun Poll! Here they are with my Aussie accent:  :D

ter-MAH-toe

per-TAYE-toe

GAr-rahge

Loo-ee-see-ANA (typical Aussie upward inflection at the end of a word)

New Or-LEENS

POOR-shah

ARSEk

TOY-let

WIN-doh

WASH-ing-tun

Kreek

PICK-chuh

CARnt

Dore
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2008, 01:33:22 pm »

And I only recently explained to her that the name Yvonne is pronounced Ee-von, not Ye-von.



Which reminds me of Pee Wee Herman and Miss Why - von.
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2008, 02:34:28 pm »
And I only recently explained to her that the name Yvonne is pronounced Ee-von, not Ye-von.

Tell you what, where I come from, the name of the actress who played Lily Munster was pronounced Yee-von Dee-CAR-low.  :-\
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2008, 03:35:51 pm »
And I only recently explained to her that the name Yvonne is pronounced Ee-von, not Ye-von.

Don't tell my mother-in-law that! LOL!  Her name is Yvonne and she's quite emphatic that it's pronounced Ye-von and not Ee-von!  :laugh:

When my son was young I started reading the first Harry Potter book with him.  Later that same year, one of his teachers read a little of the book to them each day and he came home and told me that I was mispronouncing "Hermione" - that his teacher pronounced it "HER-mee-own."  I told him that I thought my pronunciation was correct, but that he didn't need to point it out to his teacher! LOL! 

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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2008, 03:55:45 pm »
I grew up thinking that Penelope was pronounced like canteloupe (my mom pronounced it wrong too).

Yeah,  I don't know when I caught on that it's Pen-EL-oh-pee.

"Hermione" - that his teacher pronounced it "HER-mee-own."

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There is a town in Belgium called Ypres that I believe the English pronounce "Wipers."  ;D
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Re: Pronunciation Poll
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2008, 05:11:10 pm »
Come on Kerry tell us all how you pronounce the number 6???? ;)

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