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Butchered pronunciation of city names

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List some city names you hear butchered on occasion

Pueblo, CO - I heard someone call it "Pweeblo" one time, I actually laughed at that one

Des Moines, IA (should be pronounced Deh Moyn...it's French so you don't pronounce the 's', yet some people in this state still say it wrong)

Sioux City, IA (should be Soo City, not Sooux City or Seeoux City)

Council Bluffs, IA (the lady on the local radio station in my hometown says "Consul Bluss"...come on, try at least)

Boise, ID (Boy-see, not Boyz-ee)

And not a city, but Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; nobody in this state seems to know the right way to say it unless they've taken Spanish...they say "Byoona Viss-ta" instead of "Bwena Veesta"

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Ask BV how to pronounce Dubois, as in Dubois,PA. :AH-HA_wink:

You might be surprised.

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I dare anyone to pronounce Saskatchewan or Tuktoyaktuk properly in one go. 8)

Edit: Spelling

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I dare anyone to pronounce Saskatchewan or Tuktiuktuk properly in one go. 8)

I can handle the first, but the second I won't even attempt.

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If you call it Wilmington, we know you're an outsider. It's pronounce Woman-ton here.

Sort of like Phidefia

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How about Norfolk? I'm pretty sure the proper way to say it is the way it's spelled, but I always seem to hear it Nor-fik.

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There's a Buena Vista here in Colorado...I've heard both "Byoona Viss-ta" and "Bwena Veesta"..

An odd one here is 'Poudre'--name of a valley, a river, a mountain range.... some how, locals pronounce it 'Pooder'.

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Ybor City is 'EE-bore', not 'WHY-bore'.

O'lando instead of Orlando.

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Its not a city, but I hate it when people say "Illinoise" instead of "Illinoy". Gets on my nerves.

I've heard Norfolk prononced Nawflk.

Southern cities that end in "ville" are said "Nashvlle" Louisville is "Looivlle"

Locals from Albany, Georgia call the town "Albaney" instead of Albany (like NY).

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A lot of names here are in Spanish and are consequently butchered frequently..

Rancho Palos Verdes - "Rancho Palose Verdees"

Malaga Cove - "Mal-aga Cove"

Montemalaga - "Monty-mal-a-ga"

Miraleste - "Mirra-lest"

Calle Mayor - "Cally Mayer"

If you pronounce it using the Spanish alphabet, no one knows what you're talking about.

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I can handle the first, but the second I won't even attempt.

TUCK-TEY-UCK-TUCK

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Some local ones

Minot, ND....pronounced My-not, even though a lot of the Minot locals will say My-nut. You know someone isn't from the area if you pronounce it min-ot, that is definately wrong. One of the city slogans is "Why not Minot" so I am convinced the only way it say it is My-not.

Hallock, MN....seriously, its pronounced just how it look....Hal-lock, not hal-lick.

McVille, ND....Macville, not micville

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Pronounced Ro-So not "Ro-sue" (Roseau)

Row-Zow....like row row row your boat, zow pronounced the same way....definately not an "s" sound in there, its a "z"

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Here's a local one:

Bala Cynwyd

Anyone care to make the attempt?

Just to tidy-up:

Bah -la Kin-wood

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There's a small small town called Delhi (prounounced Del-hi), not Deli. Can't remember what state though.

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How about Los Angeles?

Who can pronounce that one properly?

I pronounce it 'El Ay' (LA). :)

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Just to tidy-up:

Bah -la Kin-wood

Cynwyd sounds Welsh... (the vowel-starved country of some of my ancestors).
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There's a small small town called Delhi (prounounced Del-hi), not Deli. Can't remember what state though.

Michigan..I think I've been there...

and there's Milan, Michigan and Milan, Tennesee, neither of which are pronounced 'MeeLahn' like the Italian city..

The nearest town to my family's farm in Ohio is Gnadenhutten, often mispronounced...

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Cynwyd sounds Welsh... (the vowel-starved country of some of my ancestors).

Correct!

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