Tuesday, October 10, 2006

DfC #7: Pro-nun-cee-ay-shun

Just over in Oklahoma is a town called Miami. But surprise, it's pronounced My-am-uh.

North of us is a town named Nevada. Neh-vay-duh, not Neh-va-duh. See a trend here?

Down in Arkansas, the townsfolk of El Dorado say it El-dor-ay-doh instead of El-dor-ah-doh.

Apparently to locals, Missouri is pronounced Miz-ur-uh, (or possibly My-am-uh), but I'm not changing the way I say that one. (It's such a double standard, though, because I've always corrected people who pronounce Oregon Or-ee-gonn rather than Or-ee-gun.)

Oregon has a Detroit, a Dallas, a Milwaukie and an Albany. Just like their better-known counterparts in the U.S., they are pronounced Dee-troyt, Dal-lus, Mil-wah-kee and Ahl-buh-nee.

So why is it different down here?

3 Talked Back:

At October 10, 2006 at 4:12:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

And in Oregon, there is a town called Aloha, pronounced A-lo-uh instead of A-lo-ha.


At October 10, 2006 at 5:51:00 PM CDT, Blogger Scott said...

Nicole, nice one!!


At October 11, 2006 at 7:26:00 PM CDT, Blogger K said...

There is a town in Virginia called Buena Vista - pronounced Byoo-nah Vista, not Bwa-nah. There is also a town in Mississippi called New Delhi pronounced New Del-HI rather than Del-HE. Gotta love the South.


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